Monday, March 28, 2005

Witty honorifics

Merriam-Webster Online

A listener's question about the title for a person who sharpens knives professionally was eventually honed into a challenge designed for lovers of wordplay: come up with a term for a person who sharpens wits. etc etc

I was looking for the correct spelling of nonproselytizing
prostletizing and I defeated the computer dictionaries by starting *prote-
I am a non-proselytizing atheist is my final clause for my genealoge blogYou don't try to recruit me and I won't try to recruit you.

Real men don't make back ups
nor use spell checkers - but I cheat - I web publish my essential data and use google as a spell checker when I am in doubt.

Friday, March 25, 2005


Glossaries & Dictionaries on all subjects from

Glossarist: noun,
a compiler of textual glosses or topical dictionaries. website,
a searchable and categorised directory of glossaries and topical dictionaries.
broken links but a swift google will find sites which have moved

Neville Whitehead luthier

Neville Whitehead history: "Neville Whitehead saw a double bass for the first time when he was ten years old; and that was that; he was smitten for life. Since then his life has been a deliberate quest to learn all there is to learn about how and why double basses sound the way they do. "

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

The Grauniad Databane

The Grauniad Databane: "A note for uninitaited... The Guardian is a left-of-centre British daily newspaper, famous for its misprints - hence it is sometimes affectionately referred to as The Grauniad."
Reading List --- Newspapers: "The Toronto Globe and Mail is known affectionately as the Toronto Grope and Flail, in the same way that the Manchester Guardian (Manchester, England) is called the Manchester Grauniad "

The Guardian - Wikipedia

known as The Grauniad (coined by Private Eye),
Guardian Unlimited

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Portmanteau words

Google Search: "portmanteau word"

[Linguistics] a word that is formed by combining two or more words (also called blend, portmanteau or frankenword from Frankenstein
and word)

we used to say WORTLE for hot WATer bottLE

List of portmanteaus: Information From Portmanteau - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

March 2005 newsletter - Oxford English Dictionary

from my email:-

I am writing to let you know that the March issue of OED News is now
available at in both text and
pdf format.

In this issue Jessica Stevens writes about her investigation into the
benefits of increasing the use of OED Online in UK schools. Moving from
the OED's present to its past, Peter Gilliver takes a look at the life
of Arthur Maling, one of the longest-serving assistants to work on the
first edition of the OED, as revealed by the backs of his dictionary

As usual, we include a list of Appeals for help with particular words.
Do you remember reading the English regional word picksome after 1957?
Or can you fill the large gap in our evidence for the word posterial
(?a1475-1834)? If you can help with any of the words listed, please

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Saturday, March 05, 2005

English Accents and Dialects

British Library

Listen to England's changing voice. Extracts from the Survey of English Dialects and the Millennium Memory Bank document how we spoke and lived in the 20th century.