Mark Peters looks at the word “nano.”
You don’t have to be an MD or a sick puppy to appreciate the enormous family of humorous medical terms, including ‘peanut butter balls’ (phenobarbitol), ‘horrendoplasty’ (an operation without a sunny forecast), or ‘duck’s disease’ (‘being short’, so-named for the non-NBA-ready stature of quackers).
Peters explores the vocabulary used on the show Futurama.
Mark Peters looks at euphemisms.
Word blending is a full-time sport in the world of dog breeding. Any two breeds, and their appellations, might spawn a blend. Some recent designer breeds, as they are known, include ‘Beagadors’ (Beagle and Labrador), ‘Maltipon’ (Maltese and Pomeranian) and ‘Jackabees’ (Jack Russell and Beagle).
Mark Peters looks at synonyms for “bullshit”.
Mark Peters guest blogs for Ben Zimmer.
Some word love for Valentine’s Day.
Ben Zimmer looks at hapax legomena.