Tag: boomerang words
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With the inclusion of kompromat in the most recent update to Oxford Dictionaries, you might feel like we’ve traveled back in time to an era of trench-coat-and-trilby espionage. Kompromat is a word that means ‘compromising information collected for use in blackmailing, discrediting, or manipulating someone, typically for political purposes’, and while it has been attested […]more
“Neither a borrower nor a lender be” may have been good advice for Laertes in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, but it isn’t practical for a language. English is both an avid borrower (ballet, schmooze, wok) and a generous lender: consider German das Baby, French le week-end, and Japanese aisu kuriimu (‘ice cream’—try saying it out loud). Occasionally, […]more