Friday word fun: Aug. 3

Friday word fun: Aug. 3

It’s a long weekend in Ontario, so let’s lead into it with some Friday word fun! Creative haikus about traffic (thanks to Sue Ridewood for the link). Example appropriate to Ontario holiday weekend traffic: “Need a few days off / after Sunday night...
Friday word fun

Friday word fun

It’s Friday, and it’s the start of a long weekend (at least here in Canada). Seems like the perfect time for some word fun! Is it a piece of IKEA furniture or a type of cheese? An amusing quiz from Mental Floss. Thou wayward rump-fed malt-worm! Have some...
Friday word fun

Friday word fun

TGIF! Time for a few minutes of seemingly mindless fun, with a secret learning component (thanks to Merriam-Webster and Oxford Dictionaries): Correct the malapropisms, where one word is used mistakenly for another, like “I was prostate with grief” vs....
Friday word nerd fun

Friday word nerd fun

Hey, it’s Friday. Time for some silly fun with words! Play Hangman with Oxford English Dictionary. No surprise, expect tricky words. Play Oxford Fortune Cookie on Twitter by tweeting “I want to play OxfordFortuneCookie with @OUPAcademic” and a number...
A dark & stormy contest

A dark & stormy contest

I get such a kick out of the Bulwer-Lytton award, which challenges entrants to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels. The contest pays tribute to the famous “It was a dark and stormy  night” opening of the 1830 novel Paul...

OMG, I’m late!

I’m late to the game talking about this, but I’ve noticed that a lot of people seem to be upset that the Oxford English Dictionary will now include OMG and LOL, as of the March 24 update. This adds insult to injury, I suppose, after previous additions...

‘App’ makes Word of the Year

Those crazy word-nerds in the American Dialect Society have done it again, coming out with “app” as their Word of the Year for 2010.  As even your grandmother probably knows, app is short for software application, and has gained particular popularity in...

Man up? Be gone

Along with a fresh new year comes the latest list of Banished Words, as issued by Lake Superior State University. How epic is that? While you might wish many of these words to actually be banished forever, that’s just wishful thinking. The list for 2011 includes...