M.Leddy + words   600

Two words
Which word more accurately characterizes people leaving Central America and seeking asylum in the United States, “migrant,” or “refugee”?
words 
yesterday by M.Leddy
NJ OED
The Oxford English Dictionary is looking for words from New Jersey.
dictionary  NewJersey  OED  words 
14 days ago by M.Leddy
W2’s mommy
What does Webster’s Second do with the word?
dictionary  words 
28 days ago by M.Leddy
Cake revision
“Summa --- Laude.”
culture  words 
28 days ago by M.Leddy
Word of the day: aegis
The modern meanings of aegis always throw me for a moment, because when I see the word I think of Athena, whose aegis scares the bejeezus out of people.
Greek  Homer  Odyssey  words 
10 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Anti-Establishment
Striking back at the processed milkshake establishment.
dowdyworld  food  restaurants  words 
10 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Euphemisms of the NYT
It’d be nice if the Times could get its stuff together and figure out how to handle naughty words.
NewYorkTimes  words 
march 2018 by M.Leddy
Needed: a word other than “meddle”
“Russian meddling” is too trivial a description of what’s gone on.
culture  words 
february 2018 by M.Leddy
Bastard file
I just used such a file to make a door accommodate a new knob. But why is it called a bastard file?
etymology  tools  words 
february 2018 by M.Leddy
Failsonry?
This word appears to exist only in Josh Marshall’s tweet and subsequent retweets. What’s it mean?
words 
january 2018 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
The American Dialect Society has picked its word of the year.
words 
january 2018 by M.Leddy
More bad words
The Washington Post reports that the Centers for Disease Control is not alone in cuts to vocabulary.
GeorgeOrwell  politics  words 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
The seven words you can’t write at the CDC
Forbidden words: “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”
GeorgeOrwell  politics  words 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
Oxford Dictionaries announces its word of the year.
culture  dictionary  words 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
At the Manor
From an Alice Munro story.
AliceMunro  words 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
M-W sentence challenge
“In the name of federalism, show some empathy, or at least some syzygy, you complicit gaffe-prone dotard,” the hurricane warned, “before I turn you into a gyro platter and recuse myself!”
culture  dictionary  words 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
New AHD entries
Burner, saltimbocca, GOAT: among the additions this year to the American Heritage Dictionary.
dictionary  words 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
Word of the day: wrangler
At many a performance of The Nutcracker, the volunteering parents who manage the young dancers backstage.
words 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
Word of the day: sledgehammer
Walking through the hardware store, I wondered: why sledgehammer? Does it have something to do with sledding? A mighty hammer used to free a sled stuck in ice? No.
words 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
Dry goods, &c.
What are dry goods anyway?
dowdyworld  words 
november 2017 by M.Leddy
More blizzardous
I went looking for John Ashbery’s word “blizzardous” in Google Books and found an 1888 column by one J. Ashby-Sterry.
JohnAshbery  words 
october 2017 by M.Leddy
Kafkaesque
Trending at Merriam-Webster.
Kafka  words 
october 2017 by M.Leddy
Misused word of the day: refute
Pay attention to the news for a while, and you’ll notice the word misused.
BryanGarner  words 
september 2017 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
Stornography, now appearing in a cartoon.
television  weather  words 
september 2017 by M.Leddy
Stornography
The commodification of horrific weather into televised spectacle.
television  weather  words 
september 2017 by M.Leddy
Lash tab
Elaine and I were getting coffee in the library when I wondered about the patch on her backpack.
words 
september 2017 by M.Leddy
Words, can’t stand ’em
Fresca at l’astronave has written a post about words she can’t stand.
words 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
Word of the day: zaatar
“In Middle Eastern cuisine: a condiment made from any of these herbs (esp. thyme) singly or in combination, with dried sumac, toasted sesame seeds and salt.”
food  words 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
“Zillions”
A fine episode of Helen Zaltzman’s podcast The Allusionist, about hyperbolic indefinite numerals.
numbers  words 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
A good skate
I had to look it up.
idiom  words 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
Some prepositions
“Can we move on off of that?”
words 
july 2017 by M.Leddy
Word of the night: owl-hoot
The earliest meaning, now archaic and rare: “dusk, nightfall.”
OED  words 
june 2017 by M.Leddy
Workplace expression of the day
Hard stick : used in the world of medicine.
words 
june 2017 by M.Leddy
On hope
Imagine a chair or dean, after a meeting has ended, asking for a private word with a faculty member who suspects plagiarism in the work of some favored student: “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Biff go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
politics  words 
june 2017 by M.Leddy
Zippy bangles
“Stretchable diamond bangles.”
comics  words  Zippy 
june 2017 by M.Leddy
Iambic beer?
For the splittest of seconds, I misread a word in the definition for “Kriek,” the Oxford English Dictionary Word of the Day.
misreading  OED  poetry  words 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
A real nut job
I found this defenseless creature online and combed its tail forward.
art  politics  words 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
Word of the day: nut job
Perhaps nut job will be the 2017 word of the year.
politics  words 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
Word of the day: nixie
“Post which cannot be forwarded by the postal services because it is illegibly or incorrectly addressed.”
mail  OED  words 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
Orient and orientate
Choosing “orientate” on either side of the Atlantic might mark a speaker or writer as something of an outlier.
usage  words 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
Nomenclature
I am a sous-farmer.
words 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
If ever there was a need for misinflammation . . .
Anthony J. Blinken’s opinion piece in today’s New York Times cries out for use of the timely word misinflammation, coined in these pages last year.
culture  politics  truth  words 
april 2017 by M.Leddy
Houses, homes, legs, limbs
From Willa Cather’s My Ántonia (1918).
WillaCather  words 
april 2017 by M.Leddy
Review: Word by Word
Kory Stamper’s Word by Word does for lexicography what Mary Norris’s Between You & Me does for copyediting: it makes visible the work, the worker, and the workplace.
dictionary  grammar  usage  words 
april 2017 by M.Leddy
“Hungh?”
An odd question in Mark Trail.
comics  MarkTrail  OED  words  ZoraNealeHurston 
april 2017 by M.Leddy
Word of the day: heirloom
Long story short: an heirloom isn’t a weaving machine, nor is it something looming in the distance. Nor is it related to Erroll Garner, though the rights to “Misty” would be quite a heirloom.
dictionary  OED  words 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
Cosmetic, cosmos
I wondered last night in a conversation with friends: could cosmetic and cosmos be related? Yes, they could be, and are.
OED  words 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
Word of the day: enrichen
“EZ-Straw helps enrichen soil for . . . GREAT RESULTS!”
words 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
Word of the day: counterpane
Why it means “bedspread.”
words 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
“An enemy of the people”
Long story short: the French Revolution, an Ibsen play, Lenin, Stalin, and sometimes Mao.
history  politics  words 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
Dictionaries rising
From the Fashion and Style pages of The New York Times, a report on increased interest in dictionaries.
dictionary  politics  truth  words 
february 2017 by M.Leddy
“Alternate” and “alternative” “facts”
Mary Norris on “alternate” and “alternative.”
politics  usage  words 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
E. B. White on America Firsters
Fascism, nationalism, and America Firsters.
culture  EBWhite  history  politics  words 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
Word of the day: tyrant
Our president-elect appears to possess the traits of both Platonic and theatrical tyrants.
Greek  culture  politics  Sophocles  words 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
Words for these times
From the American Heritage Dictionary, words for these times: “Minions, sycophants, toadies, and other creatures.”
culture  dictionary  politics  words 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
Words as money
Harry R. Warfel: “Just as the fiscal operations of a nation are intricate and infinitely complicated and yet seemingly simple to the child that exchanges a nickel for a candy bar, so the transfer of a few words — like ‘I love you’ — produces a simple yet immense effect.”
money  words 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
Man, oh man
Dated language in a New York Times book review.
culture  NewYorkTimes  words 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
Crafted
The vitamin and mineral supplement Airborne is “crafted.” In fact (or in adspeak), it’s “specially crafted.”
advertising  words 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
Yoda, n.
“Yoda” is a new addition to the Oxford English Dictionary.
dictionary  names  OED  words 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
Merriam-Webster v. fascism
Merriam-Webster is encouraging readers to look up something other than “fascism.”
culture  dictionary  politics  words 
december 2016 by M.Leddy
A Word of the Year
“After much discussion, debate, and research, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2016 is post-truth.”
dictionary  politics  truth  words 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
Hot mess
Emily Brewster of Merriam-Webster explains.
dictionary  words 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
Word of the day: sympathist
I know what prompted me to choose the word sympathist to describe my regard for the Chicago Cubs.
words 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
Baseball and silence
I know very little about baseball, but it seems to me that the game invites contemplation — watching and waiting and thinking. Joe Buck and company, but especially Buck, sucked all the silence out of the game.
baseball  television  words 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
Usage tip of the day
From Leddy’s Imaginary Dictionary of Usage (2016).
usage  words 
october 2016 by M.Leddy
Usage tip of the day
The entry for “nice”: from Leddy’s Imaginary Dictionary of Usage (2016).
usage  words 
october 2016 by M.Leddy
Words, words, words
Build Your Vocabulary (Coronet Instructional Films, 1948).
film  words 
october 2016 by M.Leddy
FOHN
A crossword word. I know it because it makes a memorable appearance in John Ashbery and James Schuyler’s novel A Nest of Ninnies (1969).
JohnAshbery  crossword  JamesSchuyler  words 
september 2016 by M.Leddy
Word of the day: eclogue
Shepherds in eclogues don’t clear much brush. They talk and sing — much more fun.
life  words 
september 2016 by M.Leddy
Word of the Day: loll
Had I known about today’s word earlier in the day, I perhaps wouldn’t have been as willing to spend much of the day clearing brush from the edge of our property (with Elaine).
life  words 
september 2016 by M.Leddy
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