Posts Tagged ‘dictionary’
Bereft of an appropriate topic for the week, I went to the Wordfinder Words that Start with Z, which “can help you score big playing Words With Friends® and Scrabble®.”
I started with the one two-letter word, za: Shortening and alteration of pizza.
Our Living Language: When people speak casually of ordering a za, “pizza,” they are unwittingly producing an expression Read the rest of this entry »
I was clearing out some old newspapers when I came across the continuation of a story from August about words being added to the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, which I meant to write about at the time. That ever happen to you? Here’s the article.
Shown below are some of the words, along with a few thoughts about them. The years indicate first documented use.
– n (1939) a moment of sudden realization, inspiration, insight, recognition, or comprehension
Surprised this didn’t make it sooner.
– n (1982): an instance of temporary mental confusion resulting in an error or lapse of judgment
There are some variations on this term that may be more popular.
– n (2006): a list of things that one has not done before but wants to do before dying
I was really shocked Read the rest of this entry »