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What is a ‘broflake’? You may have heard this term bandied around the blogosphere and, increasingly, the online news sites, but what does it mean and where did it come from? Let’s start at the very beginning… In much of the UK, snow is something of a unique phenomenon, but it is the single snowflake […]more
The Oxford English Dictionary’s (OED) latest update includes more than 1,800 fully revised entries, including the entry for brother and many words relating to it. During the revision process, entries undergo new research, and evidence is analyzed to determine whether additional meanings and formations are needed. Sometimes, this process results in a much larger entry. […]more
So how exactly did an abbreviation of brother became a word-forming dynamo? For most of its existence in English, the word bro led a quiet and unassuming life. For centuries, it was merely a graphic abbreviation of brother (properly bro.), occasionally put to colloquial use, like sis, to refer to a person’s male sibling. It wasn’t […]more