A recent blog entry for Cambridge Dictionaries Online (June 23, 2014) recorded a new use of the word creeping to mean “secretly viewing online information about Read More
Despite different spellings, scull and skull can express the same meaning when – as verbs – they take a beer or two as their grammatical object. They are variants Read More
Barely hours after the 2014 Oscars ceremony had finished, online headlines were touting its most gifable, or GIF-Able moments. The word refers to the image file format Read More
An article on a recent Australian by-election reported that corflutes associated with one of the candidates had been defaced. The captioned photo alongside showed Read More
One of the favourite pastimes of fans of a TV or book series is to imagine beloved characters as a romantic couple. For example, Harry Potter and Hermione seemed a Read More
Hipster and hippie/hippy both owe their existence to the older adjective hip/hep meaning “smart”, in its twin senses of “street-wise” and “stylish”. But Read More
The sixth edition of the Macquarie Dictionary has just published and among the many new Australianisms featured is the word apera – derived from aperitif – now the Read More
These two words from American slang came together by coincidence in the Oxford Dictionary Online’s 2013 list of additions to its database. Neither is exactly new, Read More
The process of disposing of human corpses is not usually considered an area of great innovation. So conservative have we been, in Western societies at any rate, that Read More
Visitors to the JMW Turner exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia may come across scumble, a curious word from the C19 art world. It refers to the technique Read More
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