Category Archives: Words / Dictionaries

‘A Mother’s Dictionary’: List of new meanings for old words

Straight Goods [EDIT (6/7/10): archive access requires free subscription] has a “definition list for new mothers,” with new meanings for familiar words. My favorites are: Family planning: The art of spacing your children the proper distance apart to keep you … Continue reading

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‘The Extensive Hip Hop Rhyming Dictionary’: Phrasal rhymes

If you’ve been here to Language and Humor Blog before, you may have noticed a certain lack of roadway license. Er, street cred. That’s all about to change with this post about The Extensive Hip Hop Rhyming Dictionary (On-line Records, … Continue reading

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2008 ‘banished’ words

Once again, Lake Superior State University (Michigan, USA) has released its annual playful banishment list. 2008 list of banished words Observations: Perfect storm (a synergy of bad luck/bad decisions): I like it, but it has been overused. Webinar (World Wide … Continue reading

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2007 US words of the year, vote for Australia’s

In addition to the already posted locavore from the New Oxford American Dictionary (Vote for Webster’s 2007 Word of the Year; Visual Dictionary) and w00t! from Merriam-Webster (Merriam-Webster’s 2007 Word of the Year), the latter from an online poll: Webster’s … Continue reading

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Merriam-Webster’s 2007 Word of the Year

As I mentioned in my previous post (Vote for Webster’s 2007 Word of the Year; Visual Dictionary) American dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster was taking a word poll. The winner is w00t! (woot with zeros, à la leet [l33t] speak), like yay! … Continue reading

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Vote for Webster’s 2007 Word of the Year; Visual Dictionary

You have until Friday, December 7, 2007, to vote for Merriam-Webster dictionaries’ Word of the Year. The winner in 2006 was truthiness, as popularized by Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report TV show. 2007 Nominees: apathetic babymoon blamestorm charlatan conundrum … Continue reading

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Lingro: Free Web page translation by word and more

You can get whole Web pages translated (Google Language Tools, Babel Fish, etc.), but here’s a free tool to translate any individual word on a Web page you want: Lingro (via Education Week). Lingro works for English-English and both to … Continue reading

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Marathon of ‘Word Girl’ kids’ vocabulary show

Look, up in the sky! It’s a . . . well, it’s a superpowered word-loving girl. This Friday, November 23, 2007, America’s PBS public broadcasters will air a two-hour marathon of their new children’s vocabulary TV show Word Girl (check … Continue reading

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Freerice: Vocabulary quiz helps UN food program

Do you like words? If you want to test your vocabulary and add to it while helping to feed the hungry people of the world, try Freerice. Here’s how it works: For every correct answer to FreeRice’s online vocabulary game, … Continue reading

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Free access to OUP foreign-language dictionaries 10/2007, quizzes

In honor of National Dictionary Day (American lexicographer Noah Webster’s birthday), Oxford University Press USA is offering free access to its online French-English, German-English, Spanish-English, and Italian-English dictionaries (oup.com/online/freeoldous/). [EDIT (6/6/10): dead link] This free access is from October 15 … Continue reading

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