The OED didn't help, although I was surprised to learn that 'booty' (as in pirate) was probably not derived from 'boot' meaning profit (as in the phrase 'to boot'), at least not directly.
Archive for Specific Words
I just encountered an authorial note by Robert A. Heinlein, possibly written around 1980, that used the word happy-making. I think I only started to see that word used in the last twenty years or so, so I got curious about when it come into use. My dictionary was silent on the matter, but Google […]
Such a great sounding word, too. Shonky.
Is it pathetic Anglophilia if it's Irish?
Does the US need a version of this one? Or can we just use the Brits, but in a funny accent?
From 2013, an article about some people’s aversion to words like moist. More or less NSFW.
From 2010: US Supreme Court Justices react to use of the word “orthogonal” in an oral argument. (In case any of y’all aren’t familiar with this use of the term: in computer circles, it generally means something along the lines of “unrelated” or “independent”; if you say “that issue is orthogonal to what we’re discussing,” […]
The other day, Mary Anne linked to an article that claimed that the new gender-neutral title “Mx” was being officially added to the OED. I'm not linking to that article...
Half the people on my Facebook friends list have linked to an article by Megan Garber in the Atlantic titled “English Has a New Preposition, Because Internet,” about the growing...
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