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

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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.

 

 

 

Defining “The” – Is It Possible?

This short article from mental_floss attempts to define the word “the”. After reading the article, I still feel that the word hasn’t been well defined, if that is even possible.

dictionary-page-sIt’s the most frequent word in the English language, accounting for around 4 percent of all the words we write or speak. It’s everywhere, all the time, so clearly it must be doing something important. Words have meaning. That’s fundamental, isn’t it? So this word “the,” a word that seems to be supporting a significant portion of the entire weight of our language, what does this word mean? It must mean something, right?

continue reading HERE

 

 

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

 

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.

 

11 Words That Sound Offensive But Aren’t

#1: Shittah #7: Cooter

Read the article HERE.


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