1. Sakte-TV

    The Language Council in Norway chose sakte-tv (slow-TV), reflecting the popularity of shows like “National Wood Fire Night,” a four-hour discussion of firewood followed by an eight-hour broadcast of a crackling fire. Some of the good competitors were rekkeviddeangst (range anxiety) — the fear that the battery of your electric car will run out before you can get to a charging station — and revelyd (fox sound) because, of course, Ylvis.

    13 words of the year from other countries


  2. Dood.

  3. 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

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  4. You’ve heard of a “flight of stairs,” “a board of trustees,” and a “school of fish.” But a “business of ferrets” is probably a new one. 

    • Mustering of Storks
    • Shrewdness of Apes
    • Smack of jellyfish
    • Kindle of kittens
    • Worship of writers

    45 more…


  5. 26 Beatnik slang words and phrases we should all start using:

    • Dixie-fried — Drunk. “It’s Friday and the eagle flies tonight. Let’s go get dixie-fried.”
    • Jungled up — Having a place to live, or specific living arrangements. “All I know is that he’s jungled up with that guy he met at the gin mill last month.”
    • Pearl diver — A person who washes dishes. “I’m just a pearl diver at a greasy spoon, but it’s a job.” 
    • Off the cob — Corny. “Okay, some of this old Beat slang is kinda off the cob.” 
    • Quail hunting — Picking up women. “I’m going quail hunting and you’re my wingman.” 


    (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)