For a change this list of words being added to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary in 2018 not only contains words I know, but even a few that I’m surprised aren’t already there. Some abbreviations: guac, fave. Some tech words: force quit, predictive. Some geek words: adorbs, TL;DR. And more. Read the list at Mental Floss.

It’s always fun to keep up with collective nouns for groups of different animals. This article from Mental Floss has some I’d not heard of. A walk of snails (or an escargatoire) A coterie of prairie dogs. A bale of turtles. A wisdom of wombats. Among others. Some sound made up, but the ones I …

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I’m reading Meredith Lake’s fascinating ‘cultural history’ The Bible In Australia. I can’t recall ever encountering the word ‘colporteur’ before, but Lake in referring to the activity of agents of a variety of societies that were dedicated to the distribution of Bibles and religious literature uses the label Colporteur. A variety of online dictionaries define …

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An interview by Julie Beck of The Atlantic featuring N.J. Enfield, a professor of linguistics from Sydney, that explains how vocal fillers like ‘um’ are as much a part of spoken communication as other parts of speech. An excerpt: One of the big traffic signals that manages that is these hesitation markers like “um” and …

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