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It’s the most terrifical time of year… As you work on making yourselves look appropriately petrifying, we’ve plundered the pages of the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary for some historical synonyms for ‘scary’. There are some wonders, from fleysome to formidolous, but here are our favourites. Buggish Buggish, meaning ‘causing or intended to […]more
You’re probably familiar with the woodlouse, but (unless they happen to be your field of study), you probably haven’t given them a great deal of thought lately. The more biologically-minded among you may throw around the Latin term isopoda for the order, and oniscus or armadillidium for the two common varieties, but to most of […]more
Bug has various common uses, and none of them are particularly pleasant. Whether you’ve come down with a bug, found a bug on your phone, worried about the Millennium bug, or been bitten by a bug, you’re unlikely to welcome the bug into your life. But how did the word come to mean such disparate […]more