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Get ready for Dictionary Day

Get ready for Dictionary Day

Dictionary Day is this Sunday, October 16. Why? Because it’s Noah Webster’s birthday. The folks at Wordnik are having a Dictionary Day photo contest: “now that you’re using Wordnik as your go-to word source, show us how you’re putting your print...
Word of the day: billhead, plus a roundup of other -head words

Word of the day: billhead, plus a roundup of other -head words

Recently Google sent me a few searchers who wanted to know how to “design my own billhead” or were interested in the “design of bill head.” With narcissistic delusions of my own grandeur I was flattered that someone should want their very own Bill’s Head (note,...
Movie Review: The Back-up Plan (Why is there a hyphen in it?)

Movie Review: The Back-up Plan (Why is there a hyphen in it?)

Well, I didn’t actually see The Back-up Plan, and never will. I don’t need to: I “know” that it will be lousy. There: end of review. Now the interesting part: when I saw a real review for this movie in the paper today, I thought there was a...

Buttloads of fun

Buttload is used to express a vague but large quantity; it is often assumed to be a meaningless word (stemming from butt in the sense of buttocks) of the sort we’re so fond of coining based on vulgar words (cf. shitload, or the myriad words and phrases based on...