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Nov 15, 2013
Dec 23, 2012
» The Words and Expressions of 2012 - NYTimes.com
From Grant Barrett of A Way With Words:
MIKE DROP OR DROP THE MIKE Literally, to drop a microphone on the floor in a showy way when finished with speaking or singing, especially after an outstanding performance. Figuratively, to quit a job or undertaking after an outstanding performance, especially when failure was predicted.
SWAG A stylish and confident demeanor or attitude. A shortening of “swagger.” This term has been used in recent years but became huge this summer following its repeated use in pop songs and by large numbers of (mainly) young men. Its popularity has since fallen.
YOLO An acronym for “You Only Live Once.” Used as an interjection when someone is considering doing something risky or ill-advised. The expression took off this year after the hip-hop star Drake’s song “The Motto” became a hit in 2011.
May 24, 2012
I love words…they’re my work, they’re my play, they’re my passion. Words are all we have really. We have thoughts, but thoughts are fluid. Then we assign a word to a thought, and we’re stuck with that word for that thought. So be careful with words. I like to think the same words that hurt can heal. It’s a matter of how you pick them.
Aug 28, 2011
The first thing is to extract the best words one can from every type of writer…
Jun 10, 2011
I think something interesting happens to language when you break it up so that the words stand alone, one after the other, and you have a moment of waiting for the next word and anticipating what it will be….it’s as if this language is like little drops of words that fall…
Mar 21, 2011
helpmate (also helpmeet)
a helpful companion or partner, esp. one’s husband or wife.
ORIGIN late 17th cent. (as helpmeet): from an erroneous reading of Gen. 2:18, 20, where Adam’s future wife is described as “an help meet for him” (i.e., a suitable helper for him). The variant helpmate came into use in the early 18th cent.
Found in this article on W.B. and George Yeats:
Always drawn to unconventional and highly intelligent women, Yeats had dreamt of a wife who would be an intellectual helpmeet.
Oct 07, 2010
Sep 07, 2010
» Shakespeare's word inventions
The Words episode of Radiolab (iTunes link) features an interesting segment on how Shakespeare behaved like a language chemist, combining words like elements. The relevant story starts at 22:00 in of the episode.
According to James Shapiro, a Shakespeare scholar at Columbia, the un- prefix is something Shakespeare created (at least he was the first to use it in print or on stage). That means he invented the words unaware, uncomfortable, undress, uneducated, unwillingness, unsolicited, and unreal. Also, words like madcap and eyeball. That’s right, the word eyeball didn’t actually exist until Shakespeare came up with it.
Aug 30, 2010
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