The podictionary word of the week is “random”.
Anatoly explains why it is hard to find the origins of the word “hobo”.
Do you keep the tires on your car properly inflated to maximize your gas mileage? Have you removed the roof rack to streamline the car and reduce drag? Do you turn your engine off rather than idle at long stoplights? If you said yes to any of these questions you just might be a ‘hypermiler’.
The podictionary word of the week is “bastard”.
Hello. In connection a previous post, I received two questions about the word ‘hello’. The first concerned the repertory of h-interjections in the languages of the world. In 1924 Ernst Schwentner brought out a booklet titled ‘The Primary Interjections in the Indo-European Languages’ (in German).
A look at what David Foster Wallace had to say about some of the words in the Writer’s Thesaurus.
Tell us your least favourite words of 2008.
Ben Zimmer visits us from Visual Thesaurus.
The podictionary word of the week is “eccentric”.
Anatoly Liberman answers questions based on last month’s posts.
Ammon Shea reflects on his trip to Oxford.
The podictionary word of the week is CAPTCHA.
Like most postcards, this post comes many days after I have returned from Oxford and the 80th anniversary celebration of the OED. My last post left off on Monday after our lunch at the Eagle and Child Pub where Simon Winchester and Ammon Shea joined us for fish and chips and pints of English beer.
An interactive crossword puzzle to celebrate the OED’s 80th birthday.
The answers to the Reading the OED crossword puzzle.
A crossword puzzle based on Reading the OED.