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Admiral Wrangell, Word-Lists, and Venery

Fishing in Alaska with Outside college buddies can be challenging for librarians, whom many people believe contain all knowledge when they’re actually trained to know where desired information’s likely to be found. 678 more words


"Some people have a way with words, and other people...oh, uh, not have way"*...

A few times each decade, the number of acceptable Scrabble words grows. Some sixty-five hundred new words—“lolz,” “shizzle,” and “blech” among them—will officially enter one of the two major competitive Scrabble lexicons on September 1st of this year.

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The Google shelf

We mostly turn to Google when in need of a piece of information.

What is the date for the next bank holiday? (factual information) Who is my MP? 388 more words

Prisoners, Language Disrupters, and the Beach Boys

“Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary,” according to Khalil Gibran. There’s plenty of pain and wonder in dictionaries, too. 694 more words


Who let that word into the dictionary?

Originally published on The Editors’ Weekly, the blog of Editors Canada

Every so often, Oxford or Merriam-Webster will release a list of words recently added to one of their dictionaries, and many people become grouchy at what they see as awful — or even fake — intrusions that have somehow been bootlegged into the hallowed halls of the official lexicon. 437 more words

Language And Linguistics

Entries under “C” from Captain Grose’s Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1811)

The following definitions are from the “C” section of Captain Grose’s Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1811).

CABBAGE. Cloth, stuff, or silkpurloined by laylors from their employers, which they deposit in a place called HELL, or their EYE: from the first, when taxed, with their knavery, they equivocally swear, that if they have taken any, they wish they may find it in HELL; or, alluding to the second, protest, that what they have over and above is not more than they could put in their EYE.—When the scrotum is relaxed or whiffled, it is said they will not cabbage. 10,136 more words