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New Words from Catch Me a Colobus by Gerald Durrell: Aug. 8th, 2007 @ 11:50 pm
taniwhanui
laterite
epiphyte
aspigilosis aka aspergilosis
Cornish Chough
Clostridium sordellii
Capchur gun aka Cap-chur gun
streptomycin
calcium disodium versenate
sorbo rubber - special silicone rubber
beef - '"West African pidgin used to describe any animal from a frog to an elephant."' [quote unquote]
picken - unknown, West African pidgin
brush-tailed porcupine
pouched rat
potto
edification
formic acid
Spot-nosed monkey aka Lesser white-nosed monkey or Greater spot-nosed monkey
Diana monkey
Red river hog
feline enteritis
Tenrec aka Tenrecidae
ecrevisses flambes - flambeed snails
Teporingo aka Volcano rabbit
Quetzal
Horned Guan
Thick-billed parrot

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Mental Blank Feb. 26th, 2006 @ 01:33 pm
steppi
There is a word which is lying on the tip of my tongue, yet I can't think what it is. The thesaurus isn't helping.
I am writing my work brief for Studio Art, and am trying to say that in creating the best folio I can for personal satisfaction, it has to be something that ____ me to learn (ie. research) about various fashions in previous historical eras.
"____" symbolises a word which is not 'force', because it's through my own desire that I wish to learn. For the same reason, it cannot be compel, drive, pressure, etc- each of them, to me, carries the connotation that it is against my own will, or for a reason other than my own interest that I wish to learn. It is not necessary that I have to investigate on the scale that I wish, but I am leading myself to.
I don't know if that has made any sense, but I really help someone can help me- perhaps the mental block will be lifted, but until that point, there is only frustration. Thanks to anyone who can help...

elt vs. elled Jun. 29th, 2005 @ 06:04 pm
havogue24
I find words too wonderful to be butchered by tenses - as follows:

smell: when we want to say we sniffed something yesterday, do we say we "smelt it yesterday" or "smelled it yesterday"?

"smelt" just sounds like you are boiling down tin in a large vat in some rundown factory.

spell: when we want to say we arranged the letters of a word in the wrong order, as according to a dictionary, do you we say we "spelt the word wrong" or "spelled the word wrong"?

"spelt" sounds like you just spilled your letters on your lap.

which brings me to "spill"...
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Dec. 26th, 2004 @ 10:02 am
syntheticmuse
The Year of (Your Catchphrase Here)
By CHARLES McGRATH

IF languages are living things, as the philologists like to say, then English is a sort of Frankenstein creature, originally built of spare parts - a little French, a little Anglo-Saxon, some Norse and Danish. And in its youthful days it was jolted several times by enormous transfusions of new vocabulary from traders, from the early printers and from writers, Shakespeare especially, who is sometimes said to have invented, single-handedly, a quarter of our lexicon.

In his new book, "The Stories of English," David Crystal suggests that Shakespeare's totals are inflated because he often gets credit for words he coined more or less in the spirit of an enterprising Scrabble player - by cleverly deploying the prefix "un," for example, to give us "unhoused" and "unshouted." Clever but not exactly full-blown inventions.

But whatever Shakespeare's exact contribution, the days of such infusions are over. The patient is ambulatory and robust, sustained today merely by an IV trickle of freshly minted slang, buzzwords and, lately, retronyms. These are retoolings or respecifications of old words that have been made necessary by new technology, the most famous examples being "snail mail," "analog watch" and "black-and-white TV." With just a little stretching you could also include "Classic Coke," "two-parent family" and "free parking."
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source: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/26/weekinreview/26mcgr.html?oref=login&8hpib
note that this is the intro essay to a more extensive examination of specific words & phrases from 2004.

the sarcasm mark Dec. 21st, 2004 @ 11:13 am
syntheticmuse
source: http://www.slate.com/id/2111172/

excerpt:
It is time for the adoption of the sarcasm point. Why the sarcasm point? We have a mark that conveys that we mean or know something. We have one that says it with volume and force! We have one that communicates that we don't know something, don't we? We need one more: to do for language what shade did for drawing, what color did for television, and what eyebrows did for expressions—introduce finesse.

The problem is simple. We live in a whiplash, light-speed world in which motion can range, within minutes, from standstill to supersonic, decibel levels range from NPR to Limbaugh, and the range of sincerity can shoot from earnest to irreverent in nanoseconds.
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I'm never going to be able to look at another bottle of vanilla extract the same way.
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» Plain English Campaign highlights most overused expressions
LONDON - The fact of the matter is that at the end of the day there is nothing, like, value-added about using cliches 24/7 -- with all due respect it’s not awesome, it’s annoying.

The Plain English Campaign said on Wednesday it had canvassed people in 70 countries to find the most irritating phrases of all.

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source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4591988/
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