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When the lens cap comes off, the ritual to say cheese! and grin as the camera clicks has become second nature. Saying the word cheese, with its elongated ‘e’ sound, is supposed to turn the curves of our mouths upwards into a toothy grin, ensuring that everyone in the photo looks happy in that particular […]more
Last November, Oxford Dictionaries announced its search for a Hindi Word of The Year, calling on speakers of the language to help choose a Hindi word that captures the prevailing ideas, attitudes, and concerns of 2017. After weeks of studying the lexical trends of the past year, reviewing the hundreds of public suggestions received, and […]more
Iberian independence, political punching bags, and deep-fried decadence? It’s time for another Weekly Word Watch. Here are the terms that topped our lexical timelines this week: Catalexit Nearly 90% of those who cast a ballot voted in favour of Catalonia’s independence from Spain this past Sunday, which saw state police violence at polling stations across the region. Now, […]more
“I am, by calling, a dealer in words; and words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” Rudyard Kipling’s linguistic legacy is apparent from the more than 2500 quotations from his works that appear in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED); the term Kiplingism even has its own entry. This turns out to […]more