1. Grotesk

    Noah Webster’s proposed new spelling of “grotesque”.  Nice try though.

    26 of Noah Webster’s spelling changes that didn’t catch on


  2. Before the name of a commodity or any familiar appurtenance of daily life to indicate reference to the individual thing, part, or supply thought of as at hand (“talked on the telephone”).

    The Merriam-Webster definition of “the”.

    Why ‘the’ is so difficult to define


  3. These books were banned for some pretty weird reasons.

    America’s most surprising banned books


  4. Happy National Curmudgeon Day (actually, it was Tuesday), ya jerk. Now get off my lawn.

    The word curmudgeon is an old one, originating in the1570s, but where it comes from is unknown. The most famous suggestion, says World Wide Words, “is that of Dr. Samuel Johnson in his Dictionary of 1755 [in which] he quoted an unknown correspondent as suggesting that it came from the French coeur méchant (evil or malicious heart).” However, this is now considered unlikely. 

    The Online Etymology Dictionary says "the first syllable may be cur ‘dog,’" or that the word may “have been borrowed from Gaelic” — muigean means “disagreeable person” — “with variant spelling of intensive prefix ker-,” a slang term “echoic of the sound of the fall of some heavy body.”

    An older grouchy word is crab, which comes not from the crustacean but the sour crab apple, which in turn may come from Swedish dialect word skrabba, “fruit of the wild apple-tree,” according to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Crab came to refer to a sour person in the 1570s. 

    Here, a long list of very grumpy words

    PHOTO: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images


  5. 19 regional words all Americans should adopt immediately

    Traveling around the United States, it sometimes can feel as if the locals are speaking a whole different language…

    whoopensocker (n.), Wisconsin — You know when something’s wonderfully unique, but the words “wonderful” and “unique” don’t quite cut it? That’s why Wisconsinites invented whoopensocker, which can refer to anything extraordinary of its kind — from a sweet dance move to a knee-melting kiss. 

    snoopy (adj.), Maryland, Pennsylvania — A more interesting way of saying someone’s picky, especially with regards to food. 

    chinchy (adj.), South, South Midlands — Not as direct as “cheap,” and less erudite than “parsimonious,” this useful word perfectly describes your stingy friend who never chips in for gas.

    More words… 

    (Source: theweek.com)


  6. 14 wonderful words with no English equivalent

    Koi No Yokan (Japanese) — The sense upon first meeting a person that the two of you are going to fall in love.

    Zeg (Georgian) — It means “the day after tomorrow.” Seriously, why don’t we have a word for that in English?

    Rhwe (Tsonga, South Africa) — College kids, relax. There’s actually a word for “to sleep on the floor without a mat, while drunk and naked.”

    More words…

    (Source: theweek.com)