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18 obsolete words, which should never have gone out of style

Just like facts and flies, English words have life-spans. Some are thousands of years old, from before English officially existed, others c…

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7 May 7, 2013
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A Man of Many Words

Another interesting book to add to the list. -- Dallas A Man of Many Words For more than 150 years, writers of all stripes have relied on…

Started by A Former Member

0 May 7, 2013

A brief history of four letter words

A brief history of four letter words "Scumbag," sounds like the kind of hokey insult that would get you laughed at if you used it. When it…

Started by A Former Member

1 Jun 1, 2012
Reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner

The Unknown Stories Behind Familiar Legal Expressions

Caught this the other night. Very entertaining segment.  - Dallas   The Unknown Stories Behind Familiar Legal ExpressionsWhere did our law-…

Started by A Former Member

0 Dec 7, 2011

NSFW: Steven Pinker - The Language of Swearing

NSFW for explicit language.  

Started by A Former Member

3 Jun 28, 2011
Reply by Rev. Mathew G. Thompson

The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations, by Charles Harrington Elster

  This is an enjoyable book to read, and a good reference book to have handy. I didn't read all the entries, as some are quite long, but i…

Started by A Former Member

0 Oct 26, 2010

Oxford American Dictionary’s Latest Entries

Oxford American Dictionary’s Latest Entries It’s a special day and it comes but once a year. For word-nerds, it beats the heck out of birth…

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0 Sep 28, 2010

Desuetude

desuetude [des-wi-tood, -tyood] –nounthe state of being no longer used or practiced. ----- 1623, from M.Fr. desuetude, from L. desuetudo (g…

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1 Apr 30, 2010
Reply by Jaume

Recherché

recherché [ruh-shair-shey, ruh-shair-shey; Fr. ruh-sher-shey] –adjective 1. sought out with care. 2. very rare, exotic, or choice; arcane…

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2 Dec 28, 2009
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Corrigendum

corrigendum [kawr-i-jen-duhm, kor-] –noun, plural -da [-duh] 1. an error to be corrected, esp. an error in print. 2. corrigenda, a list o…

Started by A Former Member

1 Dec 21, 2009
Reply by Don

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