Posts Tagged 'Dictionary'

Colour or Color – How British And American Spelling Diverged

From mental_floss –

Why do Brits and Americans spell certain words differently? A colourful tale of dictionaries, politics, and national identity ensues here.

View the video HERE.

13 Little-Known Punctuation Marks [info-graphic]

punctuation

Mental_floss posted an info-graphic, that outlined a few punctuation marks that could be useful, if they gained acceptance.

Check out the info-graphic HERE.

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Contronyms – Words That Are Their Own Opposites [video]

The Real Origin of OK [video]

Words That Aren’t What You Think They Are [video]

The Ampersand – All You Need To Know

ampersandFrom sitepoint –

We see the symbol all of the time. Elegant, curved, infinitely malleable. But what’s the origin of the mysterious and ubiquitous ampersand? How can you choose which one is the best version to use? Read on to uncover all you wanted to know about this ancient tool of text:

Continue reading HERE.

 

Incredibly Interesting Stuff About 15 English Words

Books-sAccording to Mental_floss –

Let’s face it, some words are a lot more interesting than others. But then again, some words are secretly interesting—they might seem straightforward on the surface, but hidden behind them is some remarkable quirk or bizarre piece of trivia that sets them apart. Check out fifteen examples of words that are a lot more interesting than they seem.

Find out what is unusual about eighty-eight, happenchance, and more HERE.

 

Why Brits and Americans Spell Differently

The Last Person Who Speaks Wukchumni [video]

25 Words For Other Words

Neonwords-sThis article, from Mental_floss, concerns 25 are rarely used words that describe unusual parts of the English language. I must admit that nearly every item on this list were unknown to me. Even after reading the explanation, I’m not sure what a troponym is (WordPress’s spell check doesn’t recognize it either). Word nerds will love the article.

Read the article HERE.

 

 

 

Forgotten English Words We Should Bring Back

g-cheeseThe list includes the words crapulence and groaning-cheese (you won’t believe what that is).

Read all about it HERE.

 

Very Funny Blog – TL;DR Wikipedia

It’s just like wikipedia, except every entry is very short and funny.

Goto TL;DR Wikipedia

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