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Saturday, June 15, 2019
15 Interesting Things From Word Nerd
came across a fast read Word Nerd, which features oddities of the
English language. I am sharing 15 that interested me. Perhaps you, too, shall find them worthy of your time:
bibliophile likes the feel, look, and smell of books and to collect or display
them, but a bibliophagist is one who is a voracious reader.
logolept is another term for word nerd.
means the worship of words.
is the only word in English that ends with “mt.”
of the 100 most common English words have Germanic roots, and just those words
make up more than half of all English used today.
is the only word in English that contains five consecutive vowels.
words are added, on average, to the English language each year. That’s about one every two hours.
bookery is another name for a library, first seen in writing in 1798.
contronym is a word with contradictory meanings. For example, to bolt something is to secure
it – or to flee from it. Bound means
you’re heading for somewhere or it means restrained from movement.
letters in words, like the k in knee or the second b in bomb, are called
bowdlerize is to remove sexually offensive words or passages from a book prior
to publication. It is a sanitizing or
censoring of a book.
first English dictionary was Richard Mulcaster’s Elementarie, a list of 8,000
words published in 1582.
is the study of fingerprints and skin patterns.
It is also the joint longest English isogram (a word comprised entirely
of different letters), tying with "uncopyrightable."
word maverick comes from Sam Maverick, a Texan politician and land baron who
refused to brand his cattle, making such people known as mavericks.
you think someone is not as beautiful as she thinks she is? Call her a callomaniac. But if you try to date her with flirtatious
talk that leads to nowhere, that is called sphalblalia.
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