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  • You may not believe how the New Oxford American Dictionary defines ‘bigotry’

    07/24/2014 3:22:11 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 15 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 7-17-14 | STU BURGUIERE
    The example of “bigotry” used in a sentence is: “The report reveals racism and right-wing bigotry.” The iPhone utilizes the New Oxford English American Dictionary to define words, and the questionable example sentence appears in the web version of the dictionary as well. In the web version, however, there is an option to view more example sentences. None say anything about “left-wing bigotry,” but there is a sentence about bigotry leading to empty churches.
  • The Chicago Dictionary, Volume Five

    06/20/2014 12:10:06 PM PDT · by jfd1776
    Illinois Review ^ | June 20, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Definitions of words and idioms that mean something else in Illinois; posted as a public service to the consumers of news. AIRPORT TRANSIT: The latest, quickest way to convey campaign contributions from the restaurant to City Hall. BAILIFF: A well-armed and well-trained state employee, tasked with the duty of keeping defendants secure and harmless throughout the trial, until the judge gives the order to release them at the end, whatever the result. BLACK BEAR: An illegal alien (to Illinois), traversing the state with impunity all summer, as no one dares accuse an endangered species of being politically incorrect. BLACKHAWKS: Employing...
  • "Zot" (Words With Friends)

    12/12/2013 9:21:45 PM PST · by CovenBuster · 69 replies
    Anyone play Words With Friends? If so, have you ever tried to play the word "zot"? Would you believe the system won't accept it? Whaaaaaaat??? Apparently they don't understand the influence FR has on the culture! A couple of years ago when I was fairly new to the game, I thought I was about to make an impressive move. I had the "z" sitting on a triple letter square, and I was creating two words using the triple z twice (vertically and horizontally). It was going to be my highest scoring word to date. I was so proud. Then I...
  • The Dictionary of Liberalism: 1st Edition

    10/29/2013 3:05:30 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 9 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 10-29-13 | The Looking Spoon
    Last week I had a random thought that came up with the word "libnorant"...Now iOwnTheWorld has another one that's WAY better...It has me thinking I should start putting together a pictorial liberal dictionary.Here are the first four entries plus Libnorant. Updates will come as ideas come to me.  
  • 'Twerk': Oxford Online Dictionary Adds a Miley Cyrus Gyration

    08/28/2013 11:00:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 08/28/2013 | Ken Mandel
    Miley Cyrus just twerked her way into the online Oxford Dictionary. Srsly. The term was just added along with other new words that have penetrated popular culture. Can it be a coincidence that "twerk," the suggestive rump-grinding dance move performed by Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, already is among the new words included on Wednesday in the online Oxford Dictionary's latest quarterly update? "Selfie" a self-portrait taken with a phone, "digital detox," "femo," and "unlike" were some of the other new words added to the online version. One of the world's most well-respected dictionaries, the online...
  • The Quickest Way To Learn New Vocabulary Words

    04/06/2013 3:11:49 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 14 replies
    EdArticle.com ^ | April 1, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Most words can be learned and taught most easily in groups, for example, words used by doctors, terms used every day by car mechanics, vocabulary typically heard in a lawyer’s office. Imagine a photograph of a scientific laboratory with captions on the key elements: test tube, bunsen burner, beaker, pipette, thermometer, technician, lab coat, goggles, periodic table, fume hood, centrifuge. A teacher can walk students through the lab, pointing out the most interesting sights. Quickly and naturally, children learn vocabulary, they have a glimpse of what scientists do, they learn about a new world that may excite their enthusiasm. Words...
  • Dictionary follows Aussie PM in defining misogyny

    10/17/2012 12:04:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 17 Oct. 2012 2:28 AM ET | Rod McGuirk
    Australia's prime minister did not define "misogyny" wrong in a blistering attack on a male rival — the dictionary did. Prime Minister Julia Gillard's fiery speech last week in which she branded conservative opposition leader Tony Abbott a misogynist for a string of allegedly sexist comments he had made in recent years has been lauded by feminists around the world. But Gillard's critics have accused her of hyperbole, pointing to dictionary definitions of misogyny as hatred of women. Sue Butler, the editor of the Macquarie Dictionary, which is regarded as the definitive authority on Australian meanings of words, said Wednesday...
  • 'F-bomb,' 'sexting' among new Merriam-Webster dictionary words

    08/14/2012 8:37:52 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 5 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | August 14, 2012 | Rene Lynch
    Do you need to reach for the dictionary to double-check the definition of "F-Bomb" and "sexting"? Probably not. But now you could if you wanted to. The Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary has added "F-Bomb" and "sexting" to its list of new dictionary entries for 2012 along with the likes of "mash-up," "aha moment," "cloud computing" and "earworm." (An earworm is a song or tune you just can't get our of your head.)
  • Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue from 1811 becomes online hit

    02/25/2012 7:40:35 AM PST · by Renfield · 17 replies · 1+ views
    It was first available when Britain was under threat from Napoleon but it has now been re-published for free at the Project Gutenberg online digital library. The book includes gems suchs as 'ace of spades' for a widow, 'all-a-mort' to be struck dumb, and 'angling for farthings', which means to beg out of a prison window with a cap or box. The dictionary has already become an online hit. A selection of words can be found here. Explaining the book in the preface at the time, the author writes "The merit of Captain Grose's Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue has...
  • The lost letters of the Vatican Dictionary

    01/20/2012 7:01:42 AM PST · by DogwoodSouth · 1 replies
    Southern Fried Catholicism ^ | 1/20/2012 | Fr. Joe Tonos
    The Vatican Insider has published an online Vatican dictionary. The site promises that you can understand your faith's terms from "A divinis" to "Zucchetto"! However, there are still a few letters not accounted for. J, K, Q, W, X, Y have no words as of this writing. No "juris"? And don't we have lots of "q" words? Not to fear, I've come up with some of the missing letters from the Diocese of Jackson and thereabouts. I even made child-friendly flashcards to go with them! The rhymes are a bit off but I'm not a poet, and I know it....
  • American Heritage Dictionary adds 'offensive' to 'anchor baby'

    12/09/2011 4:31:44 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    KPHO ^ | 12/06/11 | Breann Bierman
    American Heritage Dictionary adds 'offensive' to 'anchor baby'By Breann Bierman Updated: Dec 06, 2011 3:30 PM EST PHOENIX (KPHO) - The American Heritage Dictionary has added "offensive" to the definition of "anchor baby" in the dictionary after criticism from Latino groups. Immigrationimpact.com, a project of the nonprofit American Immigration Council, questioned the inclusion of the "anchor baby" definition. On their website, they describe the new definition as "one that was crafted to reflect more accurately just how artificial a term it really is." The online version of the American Heritage Dictionary now defines "anchor baby" as: "Offensive Used as a...
  • In N.H., technocrat Romney vs. preacher Perry

    10/29/2011 11:41:55 AM PDT · by casinva · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 29, 2011 | Dan Balz
    MANCHESTER, N.H. — They have debated on the same stage five times, but rarely have the contrasts between Mitt Romney and Rick Perry been more in evidence than during separate appearances here Friday night. It was Romney the careful technocrat versus Perry the unplugged preacher. snip One such question came from a man who told Romney that “everything you said in your introduction was wonderful” but who questioned some of the details of the former Massachusetts governor’s priorities. “I’m just not seeing how that adds up,” he said. snip An hour later, Perry took the stage at a downtown hotel...
  • Where to Purchase PM? Your Experience Please

    05/13/2011 6:12:31 AM PDT · by Chickensoup · 76 replies
    05.13.11 | chickensouop
    So where have you bought and how? How do you manage it? I somehow cannot wrap my mind around it. Thanks
  • Oxford defines 'muffin top,' heart symbol

    03/25/2011 6:08:14 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 14 replies
    upi. ^ | March. 25, 2011
    OXFORD, England - Britain's Oxford University Press said the latest Oxford English Dictionary includes definitions for "muffin top," "tinfoil hat" and the heart symbol. The publisher announced Thursday "muffin top" will feature two definitions, one referring to the top half of a muffin and one referring to "a protuberance of flesh above the waistband of a tight pair of trousers." The new dictionary also features a definition for the heart symbol, the first symbol to appear in the dictionary, as a synonym for love. "Tinfoil hat" is defined in the book as a popular headgear for those wishing to avoid...
  • Death of the published dictionary: Oxford English Dictionary to exist solely online

    08/29/2010 5:09:06 PM PDT · by Stoat · 103 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) / Various ^ | August 29, 2010 | Paul Sims
    It was first published 126 years ago and is respected the world over. But the Oxford English Dictionary will never appear in print again, its owners have announced. Instead, the 80 lexicographers who have been working on the third edition for the past 21 years have been told the fruits of their labour will exist solely online.   The OED has been available on the internet for the past ten years and receives two million hits a month from subscribers who pay Ł205 a year, plus VAT, to access it. Oxford University Press says the dominance of the internet...
  • Vuvuzela enters Oxford English Dictionary Vuvuzela enters Oxford English Dictionary

    08/23/2010 10:57:02 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 15 replies
    Mirror UK ^ | 19/08/2010 | Andrew Gregory
    It blasted its way into our eardrums throughout the World Cup - and now the vuvuzela is set to make a big noise in the dictionary. The long South African horn was used incessantly through every match in the tournament. And the vuvuzela is one of more than 2,000 new words and phrases included in the Oxford Dictionary of English for the first time. Other newcomers include tweetup (a meeting arranged through Twitter), cheeseball (lacking taste or style) and a turducken (a roast dish consisting of a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey). Paywall (which restricts website access to...
  • The American Minute: April 14, 2010 - Noah Webster - Christian Faith / Private Property

    04/14/2010 7:21:18 PM PDT · by Freedom'sWorthIt · 12 replies · 283+ views
    The American Minute ^ | 4/14/2010 | William J Federer
    The American Minute for April 14, 2010: Noah Webster first published his Dictionary on APRIL 14, 1828. This 26-year project with 30,000 new definitions, standardized spelling and gave American English its identity. Proving unprofitable, the rights were purchased after his death by George and Charles Merriam. In the preface of his original edition, Noah Webster wrote: "In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed... No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the...
  • Democrat Dictionary

    02/25/2010 8:47:35 PM PST · by marcbold · 4 replies · 207+ views
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 2/25/10 | Patrick A
    Taxsperity - The uniquely moronic notion that prosperity can be achieved through increases in taxation. Biparthenasia - The art of killing the opposition party by encouraging them to join your foolhardy efforts. Stimuslush - Urgently passing a bill under the pretense of saving us from depression only to hold on to the money for eighteen months in order to spend it as close to an election as possible. Filibluster - The blatantly false threat of removing the 60 vote cloture requirement in the US Senate. Even if they could, they never would because they know minority status is in their...
  • California School District Bans Dictionary Over 'Oral Sex' Definition

    01/27/2010 11:19:13 AM PST · by markomalley · 15 replies · 567+ views
    Fox News ^ | 1/27/2010 | Joseph Abrams
    A California school district has added a new book to the controversial list of literature that is considered unfit for young eyes. It's the dictionary. The Golden State's Menifee Union School District has yanked all copies of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary from its shelves and is investigating the classic American text for containing "age-inappropriate" words. The trouble started when an inquisitive student got lost somewhere between "oralism" and "orang" and found a rather recent entry to the lexicon: "oral sex," a phrase that has been in common parlance since 1973 but still makes many parents fairly hot under the collar. Menifee...
  • Banned dictionary to return to Riverside County school (CA)

    01/27/2010 9:05:36 AM PST · by granite · 2 replies · 247+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 27, 2010 | By David Kelly
    After being pulled from the shelves for what some saw as racy content, Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary may have the last word in Menifee. A committee of parents, teachers and administrators decided Tuesday to return the dictionaries to the fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms at Oak Meadows Elementary School just days after they were removed over complaints about entries detailing references to various types of oral sex. "The dictionary will go back to the classroom but the parents will be given the option to determine if they want their kids to have access to that dictionary," said Betti Cadmus, a spokeswoman...
  • Menifee District Pulls Dictionaries Over Sex Term (Time To Label The Dictionary PG13)

    01/25/2010 1:04:16 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 14 replies · 486+ views
    CBS 2 ^ | 1/24/2010 | CBS2
    A Southern California school district has pulled dictionaries from classrooms because a parent complained when a child came across the term "oral sex." District officials said Friday that the Menifee Union School District -- which serves 9,000 kindergartners through eight graders in Riverside County -- is forming a committee to consider a permanent classroom ban of the Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. A memo from Assistant Superintendent Karen Valdes acknowledged it is a respected resource but district officials found that "a number of referenced words are age-inappropriate." Some parents and free-speech advocates said the district is overreacting. Peter Scheer, executive director...
  • Menifee school panel will review banned dictionary

    01/25/2010 11:51:13 AM PST · by cold666pack · 32 replies · 563+ views
    The Press-Enterprise ^ | 1/24/10 | DUANE W. GANG, DAYNA STRAEHLEY and SARAH BURGE
    The Menifee Union School District is forming a committee to review whether dictionaries containing the definitions for sexual terms should be permanently banned from the district's classrooms, a district official said Friday. The 9,000-student K-8 district this week pulled all copies of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary after an Oak Meadows Elementary School parent complained about a child stumbling across definitions for "oral sex." The decision was made without consultation with the district's school board and has raised concerns among First Amendment experts and some parents. Other parents and Menifee residents, though, have praised the district's decision, saying a collegiate-level dictionary is...
  • Republican Judge Sworn in on a Dictionary (No Bible could be found)

    01/05/2010 9:23:32 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 43 replies · 1,181+ views
    Short News ^ | 01/04/2010
    New York: Incoming Ulster County judge Donald A. Williams has been sworn into office with his left hand on a dictionary instead of a book of scripture. When the time came to swear in Williams, a Republican, no Bible could be found so the former district attorney took his oath on a dictionary. Williams was unconcerned by the substitution, saying that the swearing-in is ceremonial only. There is no requirement for officials to be sworn in on a Bible but most choose to do so, many with their own family Bible. The substitution in this case reportedly injected 'a light...
  • Incendiary Device Found In Philly Parking Garage Along with Anti-Israel, Pro-Palestinian Books..

    12/30/2009 10:51:51 PM PST · by mnehring · 14 replies · 725+ views
    Evil has certainly been unleashed. It's a damn firestorm. It sitnks from the top down ......... the free world has been taken siege. And that muhammadan in the White House denands we respect this evil. Molotov Cocktail Found In Downtown Parking Garage CBS3 News hat tip MikeThe discovery was made at about 2:00 p.m. Wednesday inside a parking garagelocated at Callowhill and N. 16th Streets.Philadelphia Police are investigating the discovery of a Molotov cocktail along with anti-Israeli books inside a Center City parking garage. The discovery was made at about 2:00 p.m. Wednesday inside a garage located at Callowhill and...
  • New RNC ad introduces Obama to a dictionary

    09/30/2009 9:09:12 AM PDT · by Bill Dupray · 5 replies · 612+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | September 30, 2009 | Bill Dupray
    You'll recall when Obama made the rounds of the Sunday shows last week, he was asked by George Stephanopoulos why a federal requirement to either buy health insurance or pay a penalty isn't a tax. Obama scoffed at the absurdity of the question and ol' George busted out the dictionary to show our Harvard-educated president the definition of a tax. The RNC decided it would make good theater.
  • Obama And The HUGE Health Care Tax That He Simply Refuses To Call A Tax

    09/21/2009 3:39:52 PM PDT · by Michael Eden · 7 replies · 956+ views
    Start Thinking Right ^ | September 21, 2009 | Michael Eden
    At the Oct. 7 presidential debate, Barack Obama said, "If you make less than a quarter of a million dollars a year, you will not see a single dime of your taxes go up. If you make $200,000 a year or less, your taxes will go down."I point this out so that you realize that Obama supports your (note: use any word but "taxes" here) going up by 85800 dimes if your family makes $66,000 a year. More on that later. And as part of my "I told you so" moment, allow me to cite my October 2008 article entitled...
  • Discombobamulate

    08/15/2009 10:43:43 AM PDT · by Rurudyne · 4 replies · 293+ views
    2009-08-15 | Rurudyne
    Discombobamulate verb, humorous to disconcert or confuse someone on account of manipulations of President Obama's name variations: Discombobamulation: the act of promulgating manipulations of President Obama's name Discombobamulated: to suffer emotional distress over manipulations of President Obama's name
  • Tortured Terminology

    05/07/2009 7:21:04 PM PDT · by guyshomenet · 295+ views
    Cowboy Confessional ^ | 5/7/2009 | Guy Smith
    ... Back then little specific information was released concerning the treatment of the Guantánamo gang, yet insinuated was that prisoners were being mistreated and that ‘torture’ was being practiced. This caught my attention because the media tossed the term ‘torture’ about with characteristic abandon. You would think that people who use words to earn their daily grub might take the same care of their tools that an auto mechanic does with his. Sadly modern reporters seem to be one step removed from journalist and two steps from literate. ... I decided to have the definition of ‘torture’ logged firmly in...
  • The Professor and the Madman

    03/22/2009 7:05:17 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 17 replies · 1,467+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 22 March 2009 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    The title of this column is also the title of a book by Simon Winchester, published in 1998. The subtitle introduces the three, seemingly unrelated subjects of the book, “A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary.” I’d never heard of this book. It was only in the house because it was in Michelle’s apartment in New York. And it was there only because she ran a book sale at her church in Manhattan, and it was an orphan – donated for sale but not bought by anyone. Yet it turned out to be an...
  • Merriam Webster dictionary changes the definition of marriage

    03/21/2009 9:46:59 AM PDT · by slomark · 5 replies · 491+ views
    States may be debating gay marriage. People may be voting on it. Tempers may be flaring on both sides of the issue. But society’s uncertainty hasn’t stopped the good liberals at Merriam Webster from defining marriage any damn way they want it defined. The second definition of the word is now, “the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage.” ...excerpt
  • Gay marriage gets recognition _ in the dictionary

    03/20/2009 9:16:47 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 7 replies · 389+ views
    philly ^ | Mar. 18, 2009 | LISA LEFF
    SAN FRANCISCO - Same-sex marriage might not be recognized in most states, but it is in the dictionary. Merriam-Webster included a secondary definition of marriage to recognize same-sex relationships several years before gay couples were allowed to tie the knot anywhere in the United States, but the change had gone largely unnoticed until the conservative World Net Daily news site reported it Tuesday. "One of the nation's most prominent dictionary companies has resolved the argument over whether the term 'marriage' should apply to same-sex duos or be reserved for the institution that has held families together for millennia: by simply...
  • Webster's dictionary redefines 'marriage'

    03/17/2009 6:15:24 PM PDT · by Jeb21 · 104 replies · 5,764+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | March 17, 2009 | Bob Unruh
    One of the nation's most prominent dictionary companies has resolved the argument over whether the term "marriage" should apply to same-sex duos or be reserved for the institution that has held families together for millennia: by simply writing a new definition. "I was shocked to see that Merriam-Webster changed their definition of the word 'marriage,' a word which has referred exclusively to a contract between a man and a woman for centuries. It has now added same sex," YouTube user Eric B. noted to WND. "The 1992 Webster's Dictionary does not mention same sex at all," he wrote. He created...
  • Oxford Junior Dictionary Drops Christian Words

    12/18/2008 6:01:50 AM PST · by TenthAmendmentChampion · 15 replies · 993+ views
    Christian Post ^ | Thu, Dec. 11 2008 | Elena Garcia
    The latest edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary has dropped many words associated with Christianity and British history that were found in earlier versions. Christian-related words like "bishop," "chapel," "disciple," "minister," "sin," and "devil," have been replaced by words like "blog," "biodegradable," "MP3 player," "democratic," and "celebrity," in the 2007 edition of the popular children's dictionary in the United Kingdom. Although the newest version of the dictionary was released last year, the removal of words went largely unnoticed until Lisa Saunders, a mother of four from Northern Ireland, pointed them out. She first realized the omission of words during a...
  • Words associated with Christianity and British history taken out of children's dictionary

    12/06/2008 5:18:47 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 50 replies · 1,699+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/6/2008 | Julie Henry
    Oxford University Press has removed words like "aisle", "bishop", "chapel", "empire" and "monarch" from its Junior Dictionary and replaced them with words like "blog", "broadband" and "celebrity". Dozens of words related to the countryside have also been culled. The publisher claims the changes have been made to reflect the fact that Britain is a modern, multicultural, multifaith society. But academics and head teachers said that the changes to the 10,000 word Junior Dictionary could mean that children lose touch with Britain's heritage. "We have a certain Christian narrative which has given meaning to us over the last 2,000 years. To...
  • IT'S "LOSE" NOT "LOOSE" (I am SO tired of illiteracy...yes, I know, hugh, etc.) VANITY

    07/28/2008 5:38:09 PM PDT · by paulat · 347 replies · 1,563+ views
    Me ^ | 7/28/07 | Me
    I am SO FREAKING TIRED of people who don't know the difference between "lose" and "loose." Y'all are ILLITERATES!!
  • Australians add new words to dictionary

    01/10/2008 12:54:53 PM PST · by Stoat · 14 replies · 947+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | January 10, 2008 | Nick Squires
    Australians add new words to dictionary By Nick Squires In Sydney  Last Updated: 1:20pm GMT 10/01/2008       They gave the world budgie smugglers, sanger, arvo and barbie*, but Australians have shown themselves to be endlessly inventive, with a new collection of words and phrases added to the rich repository of Strine. The country’s biggest online dictionary, Macquarie, has included the 85 words or phrases in its latest online edition and wants Australians to vote for the one they consider most influential or apposite.   Toad juice anyone? They are grouped in 17 categories, from business to travel, and...
  • Hitchens (to libs.): Islamofascism a Valid Term

    10/23/2007 4:55:38 PM PDT · by Posting · 17 replies · 188+ views
    mvdg ^ | October 23, 2007
    Hitchens: Islamofascism a Valid Term At Slate, Christopher Hitchens defends the use of the term “Islamofascism” to good effect.Hitchens first takes on the faux-intellectuals who refuse to make the obvious connection between modern, radical Islam and manner of life that imposes on those unlucky enough to fall under its sway: It’s quite the done thing, in liberal academic circles, to sneer at any comparison between fascist and jihadist ideology. People like Tony Judt write to me to say, in effect, that it’s ahistorical and simplistic to do so. And in some media circles, another kind of reluctance applies: Alan Colmes...
  • The 2007 FreeRepublic Lexicon (Lingo, Dictionary, Lore Handbook)(Draft)

    07/31/2007 10:29:07 AM PDT · by batter · 156 replies · 4,865+ views
    FReepers (batter) ^ | 31 July 2007 | FReepers
    The 2007 FreeRepublic Lexicon (Draft)AKA "The Freepism, Freepology, Lingo, Dictionary, Terminology, Lore Handbook" A revised and condensed version of The Lexicon of FreeRepublic, culled from Lexicon of FreeRepublic - 4th Edition and Freeper Lingo Thread (the history and meening of 'Freepisms' including pictures). Thanks to the many Freepers who contributed! (see also The 2006 FreeRepublic LexiconI have attempted to include all definitions and histories provided to me and give credit to those who provided me the information. I apologize, in advance to those I failed to credit, but please understand that it was very difficult to keep up with all...
  • Virginia Tech Was An Act Of Evil, Not A "Tragedy" (Ben Shapiro: Time To Identify Evil Alert)

    04/25/2007 12:07:03 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 72 replies · 1,231+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 04/25/2007 | Ben Shaipro
    Most contracts for goods and services contain an "Act of God" provision. Such provisions typically allow contracting parties to dissolve a contract in case of an unexpected and unavoidable catastrophe: an earthquake, a tsunami, a lightning strike. This is perfectly logical. Man can act based on predictions about human behavior, but has no control over forces of nature. Conversely, human actions demand human responsibility. Only Divine action should be written off as inevitable tragedy. The Virginia Tech massacre was not an act of God -- it was undeniably an act of man. Yet many Americans have instinctively treated this massive...
  • Oxford dictionary seeking the origins of 40 phrases

    01/03/2007 6:46:19 AM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 7 replies · 781+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | January 2, 2007 | FERGUS SHEPPARD
    THE Oxford English dictionary has appealed to the public to help it trace the origin of 40 popular phrases, including terms ranging from 'hoodie' to the infamous 'Glasgow kiss'. Compilers of the OED say they want evidence of when terms now commonly used first entered the language. The results will be broadcast in the BBC2 programme Balderdash & Piffle, which returns for a new series later this year. Dictionary authors trace the first evidence of "Glasgow kiss" - a euphemism for a headbutt - to 1987. The dictionary does, however, have an example of the expression "Liverpool kiss", used 43...
  • 2006 FREEREPUBLIC LEXICON (Lingo, Dictionary, Lore Handbook)

    08/25/2006 10:19:00 AM PDT · by batter · 214 replies · 12,576+ views
    Freepers past and present | 25 August 2006 | soccer8
    The 2006 FreeRepublic LexiconAKA "The Freepism, Freepology, Lingo, Dictionary, Terminology, Lore Handbook" A revised and condensed version of The Lexicon of FreeRepublic, culled from Lexicon of FreeRepublic - 4th Edition and Freeper Lingo Thread (the history and meening of 'Freepisms' including pictures). Thanks to the many Freepers who contributed! In this latest update, I have cut the emoticons and standard acronyms (LOL etc - which are readily available on the web and previous Lexicons) for the sake of brevity. I have attempted to include all definitions and histories provided to me and give credit to those who provided me the...
  • Dining, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad style

    07/31/2006 7:47:42 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies · 608+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Monday, July 31, 2006 | Judi McLeod
    The next time you notice that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad looks like he's lost a little weight on CNN, it's probably because he no longer chows down on those evil "elastic loaves". "Elastic loaves" are pizzas in the lexicon of President Ahmadinejad. Ahmadinejad has ordered the minions in his government and cultural bodies to use modified Persian words to replace foreign words that have crept into the language.
  • For French-born (religious) brother in Israel, language is the key to the heart

    07/08/2006 2:50:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 242+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | July 6, 2006 | Judith Sudilovsky
    JERUSALEM (CNS) -- From his small balcony, Brother Yohanan Elihay can see the East Jerusalem Palestinian village of Sur Baher and the multilevel apartment buildings of the Jewish Armon Hanatziv neighborhood, where he lives with another brother from his order. It is an apt view for the 80-year-old, who has spent more than half a century in Israel working to bring Israelis and Palestinians together through language -- most recently with The Olive Tree Dictionary, an 8,000-word, 17,000-phrase Arabic-English dictionary published by Minerva. "Language is the key to the heart," said Brother Elihay, who chose to speak in Hebrew. He...
  • The Liberal Dictionary

    12/19/2005 9:21:37 AM PST · by Arcy · 8 replies · 676+ views
    RumandMonkey ^ | Owen Goodyear
    Abortion n. 1. The process by which future electoral majorities are secured. 2. Reduction of those sections of society which live off others' earnings while contributing nothing themselves. Ass 1. n. A fine and dignified symbol for a venerable and wise organisation. 2. int. Expression uttered on discovery of flaws in the above. Death Penalty n. 1. The process by which future electoral majorities are lost. 2. The shameful process by which true entrepreneurs are mercilessly cast out of the system for their refusal to live by the restrictions of society. Decision n. Agreement with the opposition party. Economics n....
  • Dictionary Adds Terms Like Chick Flick

    10/03/2005 7:43:29 AM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 213+ views
    AP ^ | 10/3/5 | ADAM GORLICK
    Springfield, Mass. (AP) -- Go ahead, treat yourself. Check out the latest chick flick, get a bikini wax or enjoy an ice cream that might give you a brain freeze. And if you're not sure what you're getting yourself into, it might be wise to consult the latest edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary which formally defines those terms that have taken root in American conversation. The words are joined by 15 other new entries that make up the 1,664 pages of the newly published book. So if you're not interested in movies meant to appeal to women, discreet hair removal...
  • Potty-mouthed? New English words are just lush

    08/13/2005 7:15:22 PM PDT · by kingattax · 3 replies · 327+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8-10-05
    LONDON (Reuters) - Do chuggers bother you when you want to rock up to a restaurant with your cockapoo to hoover a supersized ruby murray? Confused? Then you need to refer to the new Oxford Dictionary of English to understand a host of new words that appear for the first time in its latest edition. Among the new entries are "potty-mouthed" (meaning using or characterized by bad language), "lush" (very good) and "scopophilia" (sexual pleasure derived chiefly from watching others when they are naked or engaged in sexual activity). Some words, such as "demographic" (a particular sector of a population)...
  • The Republican Dictionary: Part 3

    12/30/2004 9:07:50 PM PST · by cfhBAMA · 41 replies · 1,016+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Dec 30, 2004 | Katrina vanden Heuvel
    This past November, I wrote about the right's semantic trickery and proposed an idea for how we could debunk and decode the conservative's Orwellian Code of encrypted language: A Republican Dictionary. I put together a small list and asked readers to send me their own entries. Response has been overwhelming--more than 375 people have sent definitions. I published a small sample of the entries I've received in this space earlier this month. Below I'm publishing a second batch of reader submissions to this on-going project. We're going to continue posting additional entries in the weeks ahead, so click here to...
  • Freepers - UrbanDictionary.com

    10/31/2004 8:17:28 AM PST · by txroadkill · 22 replies · 1,028+ views
    1. Freeper Right-wing political activist. So-called, because it is the nickname of the denizens of the ultra-right wing Web site FreeRepublic.com. Similar to "ditto-head." Also spelled FReeper Bill thinks that anyone who opposes President Bush should be thrown in jail. He's a total Freeper. 2. FReeper Free-market advocate. Nickname for readers of the free-market Web site, www.FreeRepublic.com. Also spelled Freeper. John thinks that taxes are too high, and that the government wrongly tells him how to run his life. He's a total Freeper 3. Freeper Noun One who intentionally distorts, slanders, and spins. Verb: Freep 1. "Bigot and defamation artist...
  • First Male Pregnancy (Is this a hoax? I f not, God's going to be pisse!)

    10/29/2004 3:57:09 PM PDT · by metalmanx2j · 26 replies · 2,290+ views
    As an artist who has had solo exhibitions at The Whitney Museum of American Art and The Cleveland Museum of Art, Lee Mingwei explores the evanescent and diurnal cycles of living. His work is based on such basic human activities as cooking, letterwriting, and now child-bearing. A few weeks ago, writer Janice Versalius of PaperVeins magazine had a long and intimate conversation with Mr. Lee in his Manhattan apartment. An excerpt of the interview appears below. Additional interviews with Mr. Lee will also be included in the upcoming film documentary. Janice: Mr. Lee, as we just discussed, male pregnancy may...
  • MORE Loss Of The Language: Merriam-Webster Dictionary Modifies "Marriage" To Include Same Sex

    09/21/2004 8:41:11 AM PDT · by dukeman · 72 replies · 1,927+ views
    mar·riage Pronunciation: 'mer-ij, 'ma-rij Function: noun Etymology: Middle English mariage, from Anglo-French, from marier to marry 1 a (1) : the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law (2) : the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage b : the mutual relation of married persons : WEDLOCK c : the institution whereby individuals are joined in a marriage 2 : an act of marrying or the rite by which...