Uuuuuugh, Stop Adding Garbage Words to the Dictionary

You know what? I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that I don't think dictionaries should keep inducting new words.* I think we have enough already. ABOLISH IT. Like, I know we all had a hearty wocka-wocka when Merriam-Webster added "aha moment" and "man cave" earlier this month, but do we really need that… » 8/24/12 3:50pm 8/24/12 3:50pm

The Lesbian Slang Lexicon: 20 Words and Phrases You've Never Heard…

The 1989 Alyson Almanac is a treasure trove of gay and lesbian data, and its Dictionary of Slang and Historical Terms is particularly interesting. Most of the terms in the dictionary referenced gay male activities, but there were plenty of special lesbian words I'd never heard before in my whole life — and so many… » 6/13/12 1:30pm 6/13/12 1:30pm

Oxford English Dictionary Cuts 'Cassette Tape' To Make Room For…

You can toss that mix tape you were hanging on to for sentimental purposes because the folks behind the Oxford English Dictionary have decided no one even needs to know what a "cassette tape" is anymore. The term is being removed to make way for new additions like "sexting," "retweet" and "mankini." That's a fabulous… » 10/06/11 11:40am 10/06/11 11:40am