Posts in category "Language"

For lexophiles only

No, it’s not some kind of perversion that’ll get you on a life-long sex-offenders list. “Lexophile” is someone who loves to use words uniquely. e.g. “to write with a broken pencil is pointless. Someone recently sent me a list of 42 examples that were compiled without attribution. After a search, I’ve found that a lot... Read more »

16 'in' words that aren't so new

Arika Okrent, editor-at-large at TheWeek.com came up with the list of words that are in current and popular use, but aren’t really new. We think our generation created them, but some have been around for centuries. They include: unfriend, dude, hang out, babe, funky, outasight and frigging.  Here’s the full list and their etymology. Order my new historical... Read more »
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