• Posts Tagged ‘etymology’

    Words, Words, Words: Endling

    10 September, 2012 • 3 Comments

    During a random wiki walk yesterday, I stumbled upon a word I’d never heard before: endling – the last living member of a species. This is possibly the saddest single word I have ever heard. I don’t think there’s any need to explain the etymology on this one – it’s the end, with a sad...

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    What is a Obdormio

    9 August, 2012 • 6 Comments

    What up, Filipinos? I’ve noticed a curious trend in my traffic stats. Once or twice a week, I get a visitor from the Philippines, who arrives at my site through a search related to the meaning or origin of the word obdormio. “Obdormio sentences”, “familiar words of obdormio”, “sentence for obdormio”, “origin of word...

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    Words, Words, Words: Cop-Out

    7 June, 2012 • 0 Comments

    Now, hopefully, this post won’t actually be a cop-out, because that seems excessively self-referential. After my last post on etymology, I’ve started paying a bit more attention to words and phrases in the hopes of mining them for content, and I’ve started to wonder about cop-out. What is being said here? Are cops widely...

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    Words, Words, Words: Siren

    19 April, 2012 • 3 Comments

    Picture a siren. Now, chances are that you’re imagining one of these two things: Those are certainly the two things I associate with the word “siren”: Pretty women luring Greek sailors to their deaths, and loud noise makers heralding the arrival of emergency services. Because this is the way my mind works, I suddenly...

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