Browsing Month October, 2007
Recent interesting catchwords from the Double-Tongued Dictionary are: doll husband n. a man with a social or emotional attachment to a life-sized, realistic female doll. slumber room n. the room in a funeral home in which a body lies prior to visitation.
I’m sorry to say that I’ve been made to look like a bit of a spoiler in this article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. I do not think “all this effort to identify the key word of the year is worth very little.” I do think “it’s just folks having fun.” It’s important fun and it’s more…
The fellow at Undress Me Robot isn’t the only one with a crush on my friend an colleague Erin McKean (who is married, has a cute little boy, and will probably respond to your belles lettres d’amour with a polite and pert “Thanks!”). There is this person. And this one. And this one, too. Portfolio more…
My second column has appeared in the Malaysian Star: Spanglish and Nuyoricanspeak. This time, I write about Spanish and English and some of the ways that the blending and mixing of the two languages continues.
I just had another in a long series of conversations about how to get a word in the dictionary. Sigh. There was a misunderstanding, as always. This phone call went as they usually do: somebody has coined a word, they think it’s really spiffy, they want to get it in “The Dictionary,” and they call more…
Recent interesting catchwords from the Double-Tongued Dictionary are: dipstick v. to take random samples or to randomly choose people to question. lock box n. a government account or fund which is protected from reappropriation to other government programs.
Recent interesting catchwords from the Double-Tongued Dictionary are: coffee-housing n. in a competition or game, trying to distract or annoy another player. jackpot n. in firefighting slang, a flammable place. coyote camp n. an improvised place near the site of a forest fire where firefighters have chosen to sleep.
The word-of-the-year flood commences: Grass Station is Webster’s New World’s 2007 ‘Word of the Year’. It’s October, people. You don’t have a “word of the year.” You have a “word of the 41rst p0st!!!!” Though at least “grass station” is better than “info-snacking,” their laughably stupid choice for 2005.
Long-awaited pictures! Click on the smiling boy.
Recent interesting catchwords from the Double-Tongued Dictionary are: first laddie: n. Bill Clinton’s jocular suggestion for the title of a female president’s husband. thrownaway n. a child who has been forced to leave home by a guardian or parent. wedcast n. a wedding broadcast over the Internet.