Posts tagged ‘lexicon’

August 24, 2011

But “pilliwinks” sounds so cuddly. (Except it’s not.)

Chambers dictionary has been updated (thank you, Economist). One of the fun features is the  Word Lover’s Miscellany chapter. A fascinating read; my favorite section features words that we like simply because they sound good or are fun to say.

pilliwinks:  an instrument of torture for crushing the fingers

(Sounds like a writer/editor’s nightmare of a device. No illustration provided, for which we can be thankful.)

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August 3, 2011

You mean it’s not someone greeting Her Majesty?

And not an excited guard dog, either?

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day … can you guess?

Oh, really?

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