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Have you ever mixed up your idioms and come out with something slightly… odd? Maybe you meant to comment on the relative trustworthiness of an acquaintance, but instead of saying ‘I wouldn’t trust him as far as I could throw him’ – i.e. not even a little – you crossed this with ‘I wouldn’t touch […]more
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 […]more
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 […]more