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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