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Bechdel test was among the new additions in the most recent update to the Oxford English Dictionary, and one that brought me particular personal delight for three reasons. One, it was one of the earliest suggestions made to me at Geek Dictionary Corner, a dictionary suggestion stand which I run at Nine Worlds, an annual […]more
Like Donald Trump, we received the briefing – DO NOT CONGRATULATE – but we just couldn’t resist. Well done, Waitrose. Your avocado-shaped chocolate Easter eggs are flying off the shelves. Yet your real accomplishment was resisting the urge to market the candy as a chococado, avochocolate, or some other blended concoction. The question remains, though, […]more
Experts confirmed this week the discovery of the world’s oldest message in a bottle, cast from a German ship in 1886 and washed up in Western Australia earlier this year. Its message? Inclusion rider, bronze ceiling, and Kimoji. Sadly, not. The note included information about who wrote it and where it was thrown overboard, all […]more
Science news brought some notable terms to our attention this week, like the launch of Falcon Heavy, the dark skin and baby blues of Cheddar Man, the cancer-spreading properties of asparagine, and Jedek, the name Swedish researchers are calling a previously undocumented language spoken in the Malay Peninsula, from one of the terms its speakers use. […]more
2017, perhaps more than any other year in recent history, has seen an uptick of accusations of oversensitivity from across the political spectrum. Famous men accused (and sometimes convicted) of sexual harassment complain that women are being ‘too sensitive’. Conservative activists accuse college students of being ‘special snowflakes’ who can’t tolerate opposing views. On the […]more