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Vicious vs. Viscous

Lexical Vexations vicious 1. adj. cruel or violent. viscous 1. adj. gluey, thick, slow moving (used to describe liquids). Words in the Wild: The vicious baker punished her misshapen gingerbread people by drowning them in sweet, viscous icing. When I … Continue reading

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A Beautifully Illustrated Glossary of Typographic Terms

Need a handy guide to help you keep your gadzookses and your swashes straight? Look no further than this handy glossary of typographical terms from Canva. Go to their website to get even more juicy information about alternate glyphs, kerning, … Continue reading

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English: The Language Is A-Changing

There seems to be an ever present anxiety that the English language is on the edge of some catastrophe. But never fear, it’s held up just fine to the technological upheavals of the printing press, radio and cable TV, and … Continue reading

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Stephen Fry on the Evolution of Language

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The History of Typography – Animated Short

The History of Typography – Animated Short from Ben Barrett-Forrest on Vimeo.

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The Evolution of the International Symbol of Access

Okay, so this post isn’t about a word per se, but I’m willing to stretch the purview of the Word Blog for a day, so I can share the evolution of the International Symbol of Access (ISA) with you. The … Continue reading

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It’s not lonely work; it’s quiet work.

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Yell

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Yell, v. to make a hideous screaming noise. Word in the Wild: When Prapti tried using pliers to yank the gum from Jim’s hair, he yelled. Okay, so I’m making a bit of an exception this time in … Continue reading

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Imagining a World without Words

I love Radiolab’s podcasts, and I especially love this one. I’ve listened to it several times, and each time it fills me with a sense of just how crucial language is. I suspect that at least part of my fascination … Continue reading

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