Tag Archives: Words

15 Forgotten Christmas Words to Make Your Holiday Merry


Are we too late? Or perhaps right on time. Possibly… but it’s that time of year again. For all those language lovers out there, have a sit after all the gift unwrapping is said and done and take in a little Christmas linguistics fun. Here are some long and perhaps not-so-long forgotten words associated with(…)

“Froyo” and Other Funky Words Added to the Dictionary this Year


It seems that the words added annually to the Oxford Dictionary or Merriam-Webster get more and more interesting with each passing year. Last year, we were gifted with the popular acronym “YOLO” (a word so overused people simply stopped using it), and, weird shortened versions of words like “‘Merica”. Suffice it to say, new words(…)

12 Untranslatable Words You Can Use on the Daily


Have you ever just wanted to punch someone in the face? Like something about them just brings out all of your repressed anger? It’s probably because of their backpfeifengesicht, a German word for “a face asking to be punched”. The term is a combination of backpfeife (punch/slap) and gesicht (face) and is absolutely untranslatable. I(…)

10 of The Weirdest Words in the English Language


Becoming fluent in English is a tricky business, and even it is your native tongue it’s certain to surprise you again and again. Sure, you can talk with ease on topics such as religion, politics, and global warming, but do you know how truly strange the English language can be? Learn a little more about(…)

We Need a Revival: Lost Words of Old English


Ever feel there’s something missing from your vocabulary? Are you searching for that perfect word that’s just beyond the tip of your tongue, that no amount of looking it up in reverse-dictionaries can bring you relief? With the internet at our fingertips and new words coming into existence daily, maybe having too many options is(…)

When Words Matter: The Politics of Rhetoric


Word choice matters. Especially when it comes to politically charged topics. The malleability of language means that the same concept or phenomenon can be described in multiple ways, and with each variation comes new connotations. For example, you can describe someone who has moved abroad as an expat or an immigrant. The term immigrant, however,(…)

5 Words You’re Better Off Avoiding in Argentina


It’s no secret that Spanish is a sticky language to learn. It’s not because it is particularly tough grammatically, but because it differs so greatly from country to country where it is spoken. If you’ve learnt Spanish in Spain or Mexico, when you take your linguistic prowess down south to Argentina, you may be surprised(…)

When Words Collide: The Influence of Portmanteaux on Language


When you set up a brunch date with friends, your only thought may be of the scrumptious meal that awaits you, but did you know that this clever combination of breakfast and lunch is an example of a portmanteau? ‘Portmanteau’ is a phrase coined by Lewis Carroll, in his novel “Through the Looking Glass.” Humpty(…)