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Apophthegm

Ap′ophthegm, n. a wise saying.

Word in the Wild: Yogi Berra never seemed to run out of apophthegms. Continue reading

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Uniliteral

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Unilit’eral, n. composed of a single letter. Word in the Wild: Look here, mister. Uniliteral words are not permitted in Scrabble. And anyway, the letter k is not a word. You can find a complete listing of the … Continue reading

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Trialogue

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Tri’alogue, n. conversation of three persons. Word in the Wild: “Larry! Moe! Get over here. I need to talk to you about the trialogue for our next picture. Nyuk! Nyuk!” Warning: Be careful not to mistake this word … Continue reading

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The Materiality of Digital Words

Guest Post This post was contributed by Martin French. Ever since William Gibson described cyberspace as a “consensual hallucination,” a “graphic representation of data abstracted from the banks of every computer in the human system,” it has been possible to … Continue reading

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Pauciloquy

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Paucil’oquy, n. fewness of words. Word in the Wild: He might never been known for pauciloquy like Cicero, Hemingway, or Pingu, but maybe Michael could make the most of his loquaciousness. His mom had told him time and again … Continue reading

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Txtng: The gr8 db8

Recommended Read Crystal, David. Txtng: The gr8 db8. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2008. [ISBN-13: 978-0-19-957133-8] One of the most notable things about texting is the impressive furor that has accompanied its meteoric rise in popularity over the past ten years … Continue reading

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The Prodigal Tongue

Recommended Read Abley, Mark. The Prodigal Tongue: Dispatches from the Future of English. Toronto: Vintage Canada, 2008. [ISBN-13: 978-0-679-31366-3] Take a moment to be astonished at how much English has changed in the 600-odd years since Langland wrote Peirs Plowman: In … Continue reading

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Hendiadis

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Hendi’adis, n. a using of two nouns in place of an adjective and a noun. Word in the Wild: Ludwig’s assertion that Laila never used hendiadis in her speeches was a presumption and an embarrassment. Okay, so that … Continue reading

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Reading Like a Writer

Recommended Read Prose, Francine. Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them New York: Harper Perennial, 2007. [ISBN-13: 978-0-06-077705-0] Seeing Francine Prose speak last week galvanized me into finally … Continue reading

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