Etymology

Definition of PASTE

<i>paste</i> was our Word of the Day on 07/20/2018. Hear the podcast!<p>Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP<p>Get Word of the Day daily …

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Spelling Usually Makes Sense: The Logic of Sound and Meaning Patterns

The more we as teachers understand the logic underlying the spelling system, the better we will be able to teach literacy. It’s that simple. The most …

Spelling

Nils H. Korsvoll on the magic of material culture

Philology and text-critical studies traditionally see manuscripts as repositories of traces and clues to discovering ancient texts. I argue here that …

Books

Trending: Pirro: I'm Not An 'Ideologue'

<i>Ideologue</i> took the lead among the herd of slightly-obscure-words-vying-for-the-public's-attention, and was among our top lookups on July 19th, 2018, …

Language

The 411 on Words Meaning 'Information' : Tip

We don't have any big news about the history of <i>skinny</i>, meaning "inside information," since evidence of its origin is thin; however, we suspect that …

Language

'Kayfabe': It's Illusive and Elusive

Traditionally, wrestling is a sport in which unarmed individuals struggle hand-to-hand with each attempting to subdue his or her opponent. During the …

Language

5 Words for Clumsy People

<b>Definition</b> - a clumsy heavy-footed cloddish person<p><i>Clodhopper</i> possibly was formed as a humorous way of referring to a country rustic, such as a farmer …

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Here's the scene at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed

1 of 61Here's some of the stationary examples from the Goodwood Festival of Speed.<p>2 of 61Here's some of the stationary examples from the Goodwood …

Goodwood

MASTER CLASS IN SUICIDE NOTES WRITING Returns to NYC This Month

"Master Class in Suicide Notes Writing" returns to the NY stage with July 26, 27, & 28th at 9PM with a possible extension for August 2 & 3 at the …

Musicals

historiaster, n. : Oxford English Dictionary

1736 Z. Grey <i>Eng. Presbyterian Eloquence</i> (title-page) Humbly inscribed to those two celebrated Historiasters, Mr. Oldmixon..and Mr. Samuel …

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Is Being Called Tenacious a Good Thing?

There are all kinds of reasons to look <i>tenacious</i> up in the dictionary. Which one of the following explains why you're here?<p>A. Someone called me</i> …

Language

Words We're Watching: 'Laze'

You may be familiar with the sense of laze meaning "to act or lie lazily : to idle".<p>No, I don't like work. I had rather <i>laze</i> about and think of all …

Language

36 Nostalgic Photos From The Parent Trap That Will Take You All the Way Back to Camp Walden

This year marks the 20th anniversary of <b>The Parent Trap</b> (yes, it really has been that long), and we're celebrating by looking back at some of the beloved film's best moments. From when Hallie and Annie (both played by Lindsay Lohan) met while fencing at Camp Walden to when they invented your …

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Test Your Emoji Exceptionalism: Weekly Challenge

Language

'Flight': A Great Way To Try New Things

If you've seen the "flight" option on a menu at a brewery, pub, or restaurant and you're not a beer or wine (or food) connoisseur, the concept of …

Language

Absent Letters That Are Heard Anyway

Think of this as a companion piece to <i>Every Letter Is Silent, Sometimes</i> as, again, we point out how the English language is quite ridiculous, even at …

Language

Is 'Consensus of Opinion' Redundant?

Many people find comfort in certainty (or at least in the illusion of it), both in language and in life, eschewing wherever possible the messiness of …

Language

Definition of DECLIVITY

<i>declivity</i> was our Word of the Day on 07/16/2018. Hear the podcast!<p>Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP<p>Get Word of the Day …

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Data-based ways of getting a job - Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science

Bart Turczynski writes:<p>I read the following blog with a lot of excitement:<p>Then I reread it and paid attention to the graphs and models (which don’t …

Data Science

The Good, The Bad, & The Semantically Imprecise - 7/13

Welcome to <i>The Good, The Bad, & The Semantically Imprecise</i>, in which we look over some of the words that tickled your curiosity over the past week. …

Language

Definition of DOUBLETHINK

At the Starlight project, for which UCSB is the operational headquarters, entertaining the idea of seeding other planets with life involves a certain …

Language

Is There a Difference Between ‘Long’ and ‘Lengthy?’

When we measure a three-dimensional object, we usually speak of it in terms of length, width, and depth (or sometimes height). There are adjectives …

Language

Craps, er, Dice Terms

1 of 5<p>Which of the following authors wrote the Young Adult novel <i>Big Red</i> about an Irish Setter, which was later turned into a Disney movie?<p>2 of 5<p>Ace …

Star Trek

Wonderful Words That You're Not Using (Yet) : Peristeronic

The biblioklept holds her bounty tightly.<p>Photo: cipella<p><b>Definition:</b> one who steals books<p><i>Biblioklept</i> is, in at least some sense of the word, fairly …

Language

9 Words for the Wild and Carefree : Foolhardy

<i>adjective</i> <b>:</b> recklessly and often ostentatiously daring<p><i>Daredevil</i> functions both as an adjective, as defined above, and as a noun meaning "a recklessly …

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Definition of CEREBRATE

Language

'Positive', 'Cheat', and 7 Other Words from Law : Exorbitant

<i>Ignoramus</i> is the title of a play by George Ruggle that was first produced in 1615. The play is a farce set at Cambridge University and has as its …

Language

9 Words and Phrases from Card Games : Left in the lurch

Let's get this one out of the way.<p>A <i>trump card</i> is "a decisive overriding factor or final resource." It refers to a card of any suit that ranks higher …

Language

'Vaccine': The Word's History Ain't Pretty

Regardless of how you feel about getting a shot, it's very possible that what you're about to read will make getting your next vaccine even less …

Language

Definition of NIMIETY

<i>nimiety</i> was our Word of the Day on 07/11/2018. Hear the podcast!<p>Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP<p>Get Word of the Day …

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