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    12 days ago
    by spacepopper
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    Word of the Year 2018 is...

    The Oxford Word of the Year 2018 is… toxic. The adjective toxic is defined as ‘poisonous’ and first appeared in English in the mid-seventeenth century from the medieval Latin toxicus, meaning ‘poisoned’ or ‘imbued with poison’. But the word’s deadly history doesn’t start there. The medieval Latin term was in turn borrowed from the Latin toxicum, meaning ‘poison’, which has its origins in the Greek toxikon pharmakon – lethal poison used by the ancient Greeks for smearing on the points of their arrows.

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    3 years ago
    by AdelleChattre
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    Landspeak

    For over a decade I have been collecting place-words: gleaned singly from conversations, correspondences, or books, and jotted down in journals or on slips of paper. Now and then I have hit buried treasure in the form of vernacular dictionaries or extraordinary people—troves that have held gleaming handfuls of coinages. One such trove... By Robert MacFarlane.

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    1 year ago
    by AdelleChattre
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    The Greek word that can’t be translated

    ‘Love of honour’, its official translation, is a utilitarian yet insufficient attempt to convey the constellation of virtues squeezed into the word’s four syllables. By Stav Dimitropoulos.

  • Analysis
    10 months ago
    by AdelleChattre
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    Six Emotions You Had No Clue Actually Had Names

    Let us help you label these hidden desires, anxieties, and itches, so you'll be prepared during any future therapy sessions or police interrogations. By Kathy Benjamin.