Saturday, December 30, 2006

Hit the Links

This blog may be idle, but have you clicked on every single one of these links?

Posted by Nathan Bierma on 12/30 at 03:32 PM
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‘On Language’ 12/20: Best language books of 2006

Best books for linguists, word lovers
On Language
Chicago Tribune
December 20, 2006
By Nathan Bierma
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5 “The Official Dictionary of Unofficial English: A Crunk Omnibus for Thrillionaires and Bampots for the Ecozoic Age” by Grant Barrett (McGraw-Hill, paperback, 288 pages, $14.95). Barrett is a dictionary editor who watches for new slang words that have staying power. This book catches words such as “bampot” (“fool”) and “sheisty” (“dishonest”) in between their birth and their possible entry into a major dictionary someday.

 

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Posted by Nathan Bierma on 12/30 at 03:29 PM
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Friday, December 22, 2006

You say potato, I say ‘gheauphtheightough’

Seen at ADS-L:

> I once saw a similar gag to “ghoti”, which I cannot recall except
> that it had three phonemes, one of which was /t/ spelled “phth” as in
> “phthisic”.  Does anyone know it?

Perhaps:
gheauphtheightough pronounced potato
gh as in hiccough
eau as in beau
phth as in phthisis
eight as in eight
ough as in though

(along with ghoti/fish and one other) in The English Journal Mar. 1945 p.152

Posted by Nathan Bierma on 12/22 at 09:49 AM
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Thursday, December 21, 2006

The ‘literal’ truth

‘Literally’: bad

‘Literally’: fine

Posted by Nathan Bierma on 12/21 at 09:56 AM
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