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Word Nerd: What’s in a Word of the Year?
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Word Nerd: What’s in a Word of the Year?

We are constantly bombarded by new English words and meanings to words, so why not honour these innovations?

The Word Nerd: Let’s call the caliphate wannabes Daesh – because names matter
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The Word Nerd: Let’s call the caliphate wannabes Daesh – because names matter

BBC News always adds the qualifier “so-called” when describing the Islamic State. As I find this usage clumsy, I decided to investigate why the BBC employs it.

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The Word Nerd: The Keys to QWERTY unlocked

Quiz: What common 10-letter word is composed solely of letters found on the top letter line of a typewriter?

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The Word Nerd: Exploring the ever-changing and evolving meanings of words

Senior Times reader Shirley Skeans Newell asks, “Can you give me your interpretation of the word “triangulation”? Yes, there is the old geometric definition but in psychiatric circles nowadays, it has interpretations. It can signify gossip as in two people talking about a third person or it is a situation […]

Hamlet (Christopher Moore) and Laertes (Lucas Chartier-Dessert) cross swords in Persephone Productions' Hamlet.
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Word Nerd: William Shakespeare is a man for all ages

It is fitting that the phrase “We all make his praise” is an anagram of William Shakespeare.

So the Treasure was Divided: pirates dividing their loot. The oil painting, which the illustration was of, was sold in 1905, and is currently part of the Delaware Art Museum's collection.
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Word Nerd: Politics plunders words from military, religion, even pirates

The language of politics has borrowed from other disciplines.

Word Nerd: The word of the year is an emoji, and it’s crying tears of joy
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Word Nerd: The word of the year is an emoji, and it’s crying tears of joy

What qualifies as a word lexicographically has always been problematic.

The Infinius S opto-mechanical star projector in the Milky Way Theatre of the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. (Photo by Hayley Juhl)
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Word Nerd: The universe and English are expanding, fo’ shizzle

Please refrain from sexting while twerking. While it might be hyphy, fo’ shizzle it is both jank and meh.

The Word Nerd: Greek myths return with a vengeance
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The Word Nerd: Greek myths return with a vengeance

We find in the works of great writers such as Shakespeare, Milton, and Dante many allusions to Greek mythology. This pattern continues into the early part of the 20th century in the writings of Joyce as well as in the terms Freud borrowed such as Eros, and the Oedipus complex. […]

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The Word Nerd: How Persian words were bequeathed to anglos

The time is ripe to take stock of the western world’s debt to the Persian language.