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pre·cur·sor n. 1. One that precedes and indicates, suggests, or announces someone or something to come: Colonial opposition to unfair taxation by the British was a precursor of the Revolution. 2. One that precedes another; a forerunner or predecessor: The new principal's precursor was an eminent educator. 3. Show More Summary
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Spotted in The Week magazine, December 14, 2012. yurt (yûrt) n. A circular, domed, portable tent used by nomadic peoples of central Asia. [Russian yurta, of Turkic origin.] Meister means master in German (as in master craftsman or as an honorific title, such as Meister Eckhart). Show More Summary
Does drinking wine turn texting abbreviations into acronyms? This is what I saw as I turned the corner at the grocery store the other day - Even if I had been drinking, I am not sure I could have pronounced "GR8RW" as an acronym. Sure,...Show More Summary
Speaking of the Dictionary of American Regional English (as I did here recently and here), their website has a state-by-state index that allows users to look up commonly used regional synonyms by state. My favorite part of this feature...Show More Summary
Looking at this photo, I can almost hear Robert Irvine saying, "all's I want is..." The use of this contraction has never jumped out at me as much as it has while watching Restaurant Impossible. Which got me to wondering what exactly is being elided because the contraction is not found in any dialect with which I am familiar. Show More Summary
I received a belated birthday gift from a dear friend last week. It was a hand-crafted sign with the above pictured phrase. She purchased it for me because she knows I love words. I don't think either of us knew it was from a Bible verse. Show More Summary
An auditory nucleus in your brain stem that lets you figure out the position of sound in space based on relative amplitude and/or on time differences between your two ears. - Seth S. Horowitz in The Universal Sense - How Hearing Shapes...Show More Summary
Here is another round of links to linkfests from some of my favorite blogs. Fritinancy - Linkfests Sentence First - Link Love Literal-Minded - Linkfests Macmillan Dictionary Blog - Language and Words in the News TYWKIWDBI - Linkdump In linguistics, recursion is the unlimited extension of language. Show More Summary
As cute as the idea behind this shirt is, I paused before I read the second line because I am not accustomed seeing the singular form of the first person pronoun in its uncapitalized state. Yes, I know that I should be in this day and...Show More Summary
Thank you for the fun, Nathan Pyle.
What a profound way of switching sounds and words around to create a clever and appropriate advertisement. This is just one ad from the new campaign but it is certainly my favorite. I love the way the verb and adverb from the original proverb play with each other to become a verb and noun phrase.
Cyanide and Happiness
Footnote is an Israeli film that was nominated for a 2012 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. I was finally able to watch it yesterday and even though I had a feeling ahead of time that I would enjoy it, I was surprised about...Show More Summary
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INCONSISTENT is an anagram of N IS, N IS NOT, ETC. If A=1, B=2, C=3, etc., then ARM + BEND = ELBOW and KING + CHAIR = THRONE. STONE AGE = STAGE ONE graph·eme n. 1. A letter of an alphabet. 2. All of the letters and letter combinations...Show More Summary
FAMILY TREE OF VINCENT VAN GOGH The Large Plane Trees by Vincent van Gogh Vincent's dizzy aunt-------------------------------------- Verti Gogh His brother who ate prunes------------------------- Gotta Gogh The brother who worked atShow More Summary
I'm not really in the mood for a Samuel Smith's, so... make it a Wig Top IA. As explained at Wikipedia - India Pale Ale or IPA is a beer style within the broader category of pale ale. It was first brewed in England in the 19th century. Show More Summary
I stopped at the bank today and noticed round stickers all over the branch that asked the following question: Of course there is something missing... vowels. But what do missing vowels have to do with banking? I asked the teller andShow More Summary
Or wireless, in this case. Via the Unschool Bus brought to my attention by Simon Taylor.