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When was the last time you heard someone being called a git, a moo or a ‘mare? You may have to cast your mind back. And I’d wager, you’ll remember that these gentle insults were uttered by someone from an older generation. They form part of a language phenomenon that receives criminally scant attention or […]more
This week’s WordWatch roundup includes ‘austerity’, ‘SCOTUS’, ‘bigot’, ‘squib’, and ‘grand slam’. The word ‘austerity’ has been a popular lookup due to the recent Greek economic turmoil. This sense of the word refers to ‘difficult economic conditions created by government measures to reduce public expenditure’.more