Words Wide Web – Christmas edition

Yes, recently this blog has been left behind. But I’m not completely gone — or done yet. My Christmas gift for you is this new collection of links:

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Biscuits and cookies: etymology of cookie names

Full stop: a guide to punctuation marks (“¿Seriously… You’re, doing- it- wrong»”).

Geography: the meaning of names

Illuminated: the British Library has decided to release the images on the Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts as public domain works.

Writers: ways to improve sales for self-published writers

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Words Wide Web – November

Alternate title: interesting things I read on the Net this month.

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Better: make everything OK (don’t worry, it doesn’t do anything bad to your computer!)

Children: how to raise word geeks

Irrational: the periodic table of non-scientific theories

Symbols: lesser-known editing and proofreading marks

Humor: me translate funny one day

Untranslatable: Fuchsia MacAree’s illustrations of words English could adopt

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Wondrous Words Wednesday: slang

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) and interesting (to us, again) words we encountered in our readings. See this week round-up at BermudaOnion’s blog!

My words for this week come from an article by Micheal Adams about slang on the OUP blog.

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Within your gang, when someone accipurpodentally twists the forms of words, or takes hairpin conversational turns that keep meaning on the down low, everyone else in the group gets it.

accipurpodentally: n. accidentally on purpose, when you meant to do something but pretend you really didn’t.
*This definition comes from Slangvocabulary.com

Isn’t this word just absolutely funny?

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At least some of the time, you want to be fly, and that’s where slang comes in.

fly: adj. informal 1 Brit. knowing and clever; worldly-wise 2 N. Amer. stylish and fashionable.

Or, as another website put it: be fly=be cool

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(All definitions are taken from the Concise Oxford English Dictionary © 2008 via WordReference.com unless otherwise stated.)

Wondrous Words Wednesday: Mark Buckingham

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) and interesting (to us, again) words we encountered in our readings. See this week round-up at BermudaOnion’s blog!

My words for this week come from Pinocchio’s Army by Mark Buckingham, a short story that is part of Fables 15 – Rose Red.

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Most of the human ex-residents of Fabletown had formed a higgledy-piggledy canvas community.

higgledy-piggledy: adv. & adj. in confusion or disorder.

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It isn’t easy to be chipper when you share your home with a perpetual grouch.

grouch: n. a habitually grumpy person.

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(All definitions are taken from the Concise Oxford English Dictionary © 2008 via WordReference.com unless otherwise stated.)