Tag: which word is older
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As part of our occasional series, have a look at these five pairs of related words and see if you can guess which entered the language first. 1) Telephone and annoyance 2) Bodacious and badass 3) Patriot and traitor 4) Chauvinism and sexism 5) Sexy and anaphrodisiac Answers 1) It will perhaps come as no great […]more
Arnold Zwicky, a professor of linguistics at Stanford University, several years ago coined a term for the mistaken belief that a word is newer than it actually is – the recency illusion. This is an easy trap to fall into – many people feel that if a word is new to them that it must be […]more
There are a number of people who decry some of the recent additions to the English language, contending that the new vocabulary is nothing more than a bunch of nonsense words that some computer-addicted kids made up (what is a w00t, anyway?). Yet when we view some of these words out of context, it can […]more