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Old Slang: Appreciating Webster’s with Bots

Peter Organisciak:

The medium of Twitter bot offers us the ability to shine a spotlight on the entries as individual entities; “hence, conspicuous public notice“. While it is certainly possible to look up all the words, perhaps dig through my Github account to find them, there is a different dynamic of attention with a tweet. Having @OldSlang drop another tweet in your timeline from time to time is not simply a slow-burn form of reading, but a different experience or appreciation.

I’m all over this.

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The thorny problem of “ye”

John August on the (to me, anyway) revelation that the quaint olden-times word “Ye”, as in “Ye Olde Shoppe,” was actually pronounced “the” and was the result of typesetting problems relating to the missing “Thorn” glyph in many printing fonts.

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Pantonemime

Your Extra Future Word-A-Day Calendar Entry For 25 October 2010.

Pan•tone•mime

[pan-tohn-mahym]

noun, verb, -mimed, -mim•ing

Describing a color through the use of physical gestures.

(with help from Peter Flaschner)

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Translation From PR-Speak to English of Selected Portions of Microsoft and Yahoo!’s Joint “Choice. Value. Innovation.” Announcement About Sharing Search Engine and Advertisement Technology

Jesper answers my call. Makes sense, now.