Tag: malapropism

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Book quiz: how well do you know traits named after fictional characters?

The origins of some traits named after fictional characters are very well known. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that a Sherlock – ‘a person who investigates mysteries or shows great perceptiveness’ – is named after the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, invented by Arthur Conan Doyle. Others are a bit more obscure: do you […]

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The Burds and the Bees

A word from...

Sarah Palin, the once and (perhaps) future candidate for higher political office, recently discovered the perils of neologizing, when she several times used the previously unknown word refudiate in a series of tweets about the potential building of a mosque near ground zero in Manhattan. The condemnation of her word choice was swift and brutal, and […]

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