Home of Central Command and Al Jazzera television, it's a small oil-rich country we've all heard of, and that's the problem: I hear Qatar called Cutter, Gutter, Katar, and Kwatar.
How do the Qataris' pronounce it; is it possible to accurately pronounce foreign words in English? Who decides? More inside...
posted by Mack Twain
on Mar 29, 2003 -
Dungeons and Dragons, bigorexia, arse-licker, bass-ackward...
The online OED (Oxford English Dictionary) quarterly adds a host of new words to the canon of what has become the standard dictionary of the english language(s). Some of the new and spicey words are: arsehole, arseholed, arse-lick,arse-licker, ass-backward,
ass-backwards, bass-ackward, bass-ackwards, dragon lady,
Dungeons and Dragons, telenovela, and transgenderist!!
Thank the gods of language for these new words! So what is you favorite new word and why?
posted by mfoight
on Mar 17, 2003 -
What do moedy, cruxtaposition, daugahyde and posolutely have in common? Don't bother looking up at dictionary.com, Merriam-Webster OnLine or britannica.com. All these words are newly made up words and only the pseudodictionary
knows them. Don't know what NSFW
means? Want to submit
a new word creation of yours? You have no clue and want to brush up your vocabulary? Try the randomerizor
and get smart!
posted by ugly_n_sticky
on Nov 10, 2002 -
Worthless Word for the Day.
Ever feel as if an "obscure, abstruse and/or recondite word" was forced into a newspaper/magazine/quote? Now there's a site that finally finds and provides wwftd! Impress your friends.
posted by geoff.
on Oct 21, 2002 -
CNN Headline News general manager Rolando Santos told the San Francisco Chronicle this week that he's looking to mix "the lingo of our people" -- words like "whack" and "ill" -- into newscasts to attract young people.
posted by pizzasub
on Oct 3, 2002 -
Jedi (n) and Klingon (n)
will now be listed in the Oxford English Dictionary. As will Ass-Backward.
Given MetaFilter's interest in grammar
this seems worth noting. How the editors decided that "Jedi" is worth inclusion but "Stormtrooper" is not is a conversation I would have loved to have heard. Naturally, people complaining about such inclusions ain't
new. However, when words are removed from the same dictionary it's hardly noticed.
Clearly unused words go away, so why do people make a stink about this year after year? Slow news cycles? Or is it an extension of the Prescriptivist - Descriptivist Argument
with the Prescripts making a push for the "hearts and minds" of the public?
posted by herc
on Sep 26, 2002 -
Metafilterinkarationicizes! By analyising the frequency of pairs of letters in 45,402 different words it is possible to generate new words which, although, don't have any meaning are reasonably syntatically correct.
Enjoy the random word generator.
posted by remlapm
on Aug 2, 2002 -
Heard any good words lately? Emo, tribal marketing, google bombing, adultescent, go commando, alpha girl, hand salsa, shoegaze, alcopop, suicide magnet.
posted by andrewzipp
on Jul 9, 2002 -
A mindbending little site [sight, cite] designed for [fore, four] the wordsmith/word-splitter in you.
posted by webchick
on Nov 21, 2001 -
If you're a student and get your access through a university, there's a fairly good chance the university subscribes to the Oxford English Dictionary online. Which means you get the OED too!
regardless, it's 100x the dictionary m-w is.
posted by clockwork
on Oct 18, 2001 -
words! words! words!
is a new magazine launched by our favourite texan-in-new-zeland ben brown
. billing itself as a "street guide for modern literature
", the first issue features articles by many talented online writers and is only $8 (with shipping) with a pay pal account. if you want to help spread the "word!", download the pdf flyer
and paste it to cars, walls and people.
posted by will
on Aug 21, 2001 -
First it was safety scissors. Now we can all sleep safer knowing we are safe from dangerous words
Weren't schools rewarding honor students at some point, or is my memory bad? (via obscurestore
posted by mrmorgan
on Mar 14, 2000 -
the digitization of all words ever spoken by human beings would take up 5,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes. Or, 5 exa
bytes. How long will it be before my laptop
has that much space?
posted by sandor
on Feb 23, 2000 -
Stop what you're doing and go here now!
It's an online anagram maker, put in your whole name, and set the word length as high as you can. At 3 letters per word the letters 'MatthewHaughey' spell out hundreds of phrases
, the best shown below (punctuation by me):
Why hate? hug mate!
Heat may wet Hugh?
Eat Wham, they hug.
They wag meat, huh?
posted by mathowie
on Sep 16, 1999 -