I've noted this before (thanks to Calvin and Hobbes for that title), that the transition of words from nouns to verbs is to be deplored. Sadly, fighting this trend is a losing battle. Here's an example of what I mean. The oldest quotation given for this word as a verb is as recent as 1962. … Continue reading Verbing Weirds Language
An odd little word. Perhaps you can work it into your every-day conversation. A simple enough meaning.accerse, v.To summon.
I marvel at how many people cannot distinguish between words that sound similar. I'm not talking about "there" v. "their". That is a little more understandable since the words, though with different meanings, have the same pronunciation. But rather words like "except" andaccept, v.1. a. To take or receive (a thing offered) willingly, or with … Continue reading Not a difficult word.
I was reading the entry for "accent, n." and a quotation for the final part of the entry ("accent-shift") caught my eye. The quotation is "How dared he pick up her word ‘sleep’ and use it four times in as many lines, and each time in a different foot, as though juggling with the accent-shift … Continue reading Bonus quotation
First time I have missed a post by a significant margin. My apologies. Two words for Friday's post and with the four from Thursday should be sufficient to make amends, I would hope.accend, v.To kindle; to set light to, set on fire. lit. and fig.-----------And thus,accendible, a.Capable of being kindled, or set on fire.
Really? And the last entry winds up with the word "english" used as a verb. Wild.acaulescent, a.Bot.Apparently stemless, having a very short stem, or having the stem concealed in the ground.--------------acauline, a.Bot.= ACAULESCENT.------------acaulose, a.Bot.= ACAULESCENT.------------acaulous, a.Bot.= ACAULESCENT.¶Of the three preceding attempts to english Linnæus's acaulis, Jussieu's acaule, this is most in accordance with Eng. analogies.
"One notes that in everyday speech the word 'fact' has taken the place of 'truth'; 'it is a fact' is now the formula for a categorical assertion. Where fact is made the criterion, knowledge has been rendered unattainable. And the public is being taught systematically to make this fatal confusion of factual particulars with wisdom. … Continue reading Fact v. Truth
Just finished reading Freakonomics, which is the dumbest name for a book possible while still retaining some connection to the material in the book. That aside, the book is not at all what I expected it to be. There really wasn't much to it in terms of hard data and there was lots of sensationalist … Continue reading Stupid, stupid name.
Who knew there was a companion word for "agnostic" that referred to objects?acatalepsyIncomprehensibility:—a term of the Sceptic philosophers; the correlative of agnosticism, which is said of the mental faculty, while acatalepsy is the property of the unknowable object.
When I was younger and came across this word in my reading, I could never decide how it ought to be pronounced. An irritating word.academician1. A member of an academy, or society for promoting arts and sciences; first used of the members of the French Academies, and in England of the Royal Academy; now much … Continue reading I hated this word.