Word Buzz Wednesday: drifted virus, flat white, Operation Death Eaters

January 7, 2015

What better way to kick off 2015 than with a fresh batch of buzzworthy words? This week: a mutant flu virus, another kind of coffee, and an anonymous vigilante group, care of Harry Potter. drifted virus “Pharmacologist and Forbes.com writer David Kroll argues that the worry about ‘drifted viruses’ is overblown.” Scott Pham, “The Nation […]

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Word Buzz Wednesday: Columbusing, dark web, kleptothermy

December 31, 2014

An iguana and kitten get kleptothermic. Happy (almost) New Year! We’re closing out 2014 with our latest favorite buzzworthy words. This week: appropriating culture; the darkness of anonymity; and one way to get toasty this winter. Columbusing “Columbusing is a word that can be used to describe the reappropriation or perhaps misappropriation of African-American culture […]

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Holiday Food Words: Eggnog, A Riot of a Word

December 25, 2014

Happy Christmas, fellow Wordniks! Today we wrap up our little series on some of our favorite holiday food words. Our final installment, that holiday grog of champions: eggnog. The origins of both the drink eggnog and the word are unclear. Some say the beverage originated from the 14th century English posset, although posset, while milky, […]

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Holiday Food Words: Panettone (Not Bread of Toni)

December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas Eve! Welcome to our third and penultimate installment of our mini-series on holiday foods and their origins, linguistic and otherwise. You’ve already learned about the darling clementine and the Scottish Dundee cake. Today we’re looking at a baked good of the Italian variety: panettone. You know panettone as those ubiquitous boxes of sweet […]

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Word Buzz Wednesday: cutester, manspreading, shirtfront

December 24, 2014

Happy Word Buzz Wednesday! It’s that time when we round up five buzzworthy words we’ve noticed in the news recently. This week: a next generation hipster; what not to spread on the subway; and an Australian word of the year. cutester “Because cutesters are up on the latest technology, they are good at adopting hipster […]

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Holiday Food Words: Dundee Cake, Not Just Any Fruitcake

December 23, 2014

Yesterday we kicked off a mini-series on some of our favorite holiday food words. While we started with the well-known clementine, today we’re examining a lesser known edible tradition, at least to those of us on this side of the Atlantic: the Scottish Dundee cake. The Dundee cake, a rich cake made with raisins, currants, […]

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Holiday Food Words: The Darling ‘Clementine’

December 22, 2014

What’s better than holiday treats? How about the origins of some of those treats, linguistic and otherwise? That’s what we’ll be taking a look at this week in this mini-series on holiday food words. First up, the clementine. Along with all those chocolates, cookies, and giant cans of gourmet popcorn, you may also receive a […]

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