Monthly Archives: February 2011

One letter makes all the difference

In my last post, I talked about the word “merkin,” which is a wig for the pubic area. I came across the word in a Facebook post by a teenage acquaintance of mine, which read, “Paintball today. Merkin emm.” While … Continue reading

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And then there’s Maude…

Occasionally I go on a word journey and it takes me to very unexpected places. Sometimes I even cross my own path in these travels. That’s what happened this week. I had the occasion to look up two words that … Continue reading

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Just a smidge

A special welcome to my new Northwest Linguist readers. Good to see you here! Recently I’ve been watching a lot of episodes of one of my favorite shows, Forensic Files. When I first discovered it a few years ago, I … Continue reading

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Uno, dos, tres…

It makes me slightly nervous when someone is described as enumerating something if she isn’t actually saying the numbers before mentioning each item on the list. Bookmark on Delicious Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on … Continue reading

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Rocks in your ears?

A couple of days ago, when I wrote the post about business and laziness, I mentioned that I had learned the word “otiose,” which means being at leisure, ineffective, or useless. While I was in the dictionary looking for related … Continue reading

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