Saturday, June 15, 2019

15 Interesting Things From Word Nerd

I 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:

·         A 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.

·         A logolept is another term for word nerd.

·         Epeolatry means the worship of words.

·         Dreamt is the only word in English that ends with “mt.”

·         96 of the 100 most common English words have Germanic roots, and just those words make up more than half of all English used today.

·         Queueing is the only word in English that contains five consecutive vowels.

·         4,000 words are added, on average, to the English language each year.  That’s about one every two hours.

·         A bookery is another name for a library, first seen in writing in 1798.

·         A 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. 

·         Silent letters in words, like the k in knee or the second b in bomb, are called apthongs.

·         To bowdlerize is to remove sexually offensive words or passages from a book prior to publication.  It is a sanitizing or censoring of a book.

·         The first English dictionary was Richard Mulcaster’s Elementarie, a list of 8,000 words published in 1582.

·         Dermatoglyphics 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."

·         The word maverick comes from Sam Maverick, a Texan politician and land baron who refused to brand his cattle, making such people known as mavericks.

·         Do 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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Brian Feinblum’s insightful views, provocative opinions, and interesting ideas expressed in this terrific blog are his alone and not that of his employer or anyone else. You can – and should -- follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at He feels much more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2019. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s Independent.  This was named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby and recognized by Feedspot in 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. Also named by as a "best resource.” He recently hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo America.

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