The dictionary contains strange words with reasons not to use them
Dictionary companies pick word of the year: Pandemic
In the land of lexicography, across the entire English language, the word of the year 2020 is a unique vocabulary – “pandemic”. (Nov 30)
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– Jay Varma
Our last meeting of 2021, a year that will be remembered for a long time for the victory of the Braves World Series. They’ve finished their case, so let me finish mine.
PLAY ON WORDS : Reader Jack Burk reminded me of my year-long habit of collecting weird vocabulary words when he wrote me about “cattywampus”. It means something messed up or wrong.
It was the latest list of strange words from the Merriam-Webster dictionary, which also included bumfuzzle, gardyloo, taradiddle, Billingsgate, snickersnee, widdershins, collywobbles, gubbins, Diphthong, ill-willie and conjubilant.
So here are the latest on my list of words (and their definitions) that I’ve had to look up while reading over the past 12 months.
logorrhea – pathologically incoherent, repetitive speech.
notional – existing only in theory or as a suggestion or idea.
fricative – Designating a type of consonant made by the friction of the breath in a narrow opening, producing a turbulent flow of air.
bodegas – A small grocery store, especially in a Spanish-speaking neighborhood.
hamartiological – The Doctrine of Sin in Christian Theology
caudillo- Military or political leader.
right-thinking – A right-thinking or orthodox person
samizdat- clandestine copying and distribution of literature prohibited by the state.
correction – Process of revising or correcting a text.
STATE CAR TAGS: Last year, I spotted a license plate from every state in the union. So I started again this year. I went down to three, then on Christmas Eve I spotted the District of Columbia. That left me two short – Rhode Island and Delaware.
Better luck next year.
THE JOKE OF THE DAY : Finally, here’s one of my favorite jokes from last year because it involved a reporter, so you know it’s not going to end well.
It seems Reverend Jones, a respected but pompous evangelist, has arrived in a small town for a week of revival sermons on morality.
At a banquet on the first day, he stood for a moment to observe the crowd and noticed that the small town newspaper had sent a reporter to cover his remarks.
Because he wanted to use some of his stories and anecdotes in speeches throughout the weekend, he sternly ordered the young writer to omit certain anecdotes from his article.
The young man shrugged and nodded, meaning he would.
The next day when the newspaper came out, its article reported: “And Reverend Jones has also told a number of stories which cannot be printed.”
(Bill Kirby reported, photographed and commented on life in Augusta and Georgia for 45 years.)