Posts Tagged 'Etymology'

Don’t Be Beef-Witted – 11 Obscure Words To Bring Back [video]

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Why Is There A “B” In Doubt?

12 Letters That Didn’t Make The Alphabet

wordplay-smMental_floss reports –

You know the alphabet. It’s one of the first things you’re taught in school. But did you know that they’re not teaching you all of the alphabet? There are quite a few letters we tossed aside as our language grew, and you probably never even knew they existed.

Read about forgotten letters such as; Long S, Wynn, Yogh, Ethel and 8 others, HERE

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary Adds New Words

Boston.com reports –

The term “F-bomb” first surfaced in newspapers more than 20 years ago but will land Tuesday for the first time in the mainstream Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, along with sexting, flexitarian, obesogenic, energy drink and life coach. In all, the company picks about 100 additions for the 114-year-old dictionary’s annual update, gathering evidence of usage over several years in everything from media to the labels of beer bottles and boxes of frozen food.

Read what else made the dictionary HERE

 

19 Words Without Rhymes

According to MentalFloss –

Rappers and poets take note: Most people have heard there are no words that rhyme with “orange.” But according to Dictionary.com, there are 19 words in the English language that have no perfect rhyme. Related Fact: The words are angst, bulb, cusp, film, gulf, kiln, oblige, opus, orange, pint, plankton, rhythm, silver, yttrium, depth, breadth, width, month and glimpsed. Can you think of any they missed? Or can you find a perfect rhyme for one of these 19?

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Oxford English Dictionary Adds ‘Heart symbol’ – ‘Middle Finger symbol’ Still Left Out

According to Mashable –

Before you take to the comments to ream us out about the above headline: “OMG,” “LOL” and the symbol for “heart” have all been added to the Oxford English Dictionary Online. According to the OED‘s site, the newest edition of the dictionary (which comes out online today) revises more than 1,900 entries and includes a ton of new words — including the neologisms above. So what do OMG and LOL mean to the OED? In the electronic realm, they’re merely shorthand for surprise and mirth. In the real-world space — according to the OED’s blog post — “The intention is usually to signal an informal, gossipy mode of expression, and perhaps parody the level of unreflective enthusiasm or overstatement that can sometimes appear in online discourse, while at the same time marking oneself as an ‘insider’ au fait with the forms of expression associated with the latest technology.”

Continue reading HERE.

 


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