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As November comes to a close, so, too, does our Weekly Word Watch. Our final instalment brings our grand total of words watched to 279. These items have highlighted many trends in our contemporary language, including blending (catio, girther, Avocard); suffixing (bitshaming, Catalexit, woke-washing); acronyms (GMOAT, oomf, PRINO); the influence of technology (Animoji, checkout-free, textavism); […]more
Admittedly, quite a few words in 21st-century English did begin life as acronyms. Some you may know about (like scuba, short for self-contained underwater breathing apparatus) and some you might not (like canola, short for Canadian oil, low acid), but, overwhelmingly, all of these words share two things in common: they came into existence in […]more
Sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day to say a whole word. That’s why the good British public have taken abbreviations to their hearts so willingly. Many people talk about ‘quotes’ instead of ‘quotations’, ‘info’ rather than ‘information’, ‘R-Patz’ in place of ‘Robert Pattinson’. . . yes? Anyone? And then there is the […]more