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  • Blog Post: Word of the Day

    Tchotchke trinket: a trinket or piece of bric-a-brac [Mid-20th century. < Yiddish tshatshke ] Microsoft® Encarta® 2006. © 1993-2005 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. This word came up yesterday during the workday. Now, I know what a tchotchke is and I knew it was from Yiddish before...
  • Blog Post: Balderdash and Piffle

    Finally! My kind of television show! http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/programmes/wordhunt/ I hope BBC America will pick it up!
  • Blog Post: Word of the Day

    Today while listening to " Septimus Heap, Book One: Magyk " by Angie Sage on CD with my son the word "erstwhile" caught my attention. It's not a word one comes across often, certainly not in American English (Angie Sage is British.) I thought it would be much older than it turned out to be. ...
  • Blog Post: Word of the Day

    I was writing an email to a colleague this morning and I used the verb "jibe." I don’t believe I've ever actually written the word before in my life and I was compelled to look it up out of curiosity. I was using the word in the American English meaning of "to agree with" in my email. jibe, v....
  • Blog Post: Aviation Term of the Day

    English - flaps A hinged portion of an airplane's wing, generally on the trailing edge, that can be lowered during takeoff and landing to increase the wings' lift and drag. When partially extended, a flap adds lift by increasing the camber, or curvature, of the wing. Because flaps extend into the oncoming...
  • Blog Post: Etymology is Habit Forming

    I wonder if anyone else has this happen to them: Most morning, driving in to work and listening to NPR, I hear a word and thing "Where did that come from?" I can't wait to get into work so I can access the Oxford English Dictionary Online to find out. I was introduced to the OED by a fabulous English...
  • Blog Post: Word of the Day

    Once in a while, I hit the jackpot – c. 725 CE! I was at the gym last Sunday. My Swiss friend and I were loitering by the supplement display and the "Whey Protein" caught our attention, mostly because my friend laughed about how she first thought she should pronounce "whey." So, of course, I had to...
  • Blog Post: Quotation

    "It is no coincidence that in no known language does the phrase 'As pretty as an Airport' appear." Douglas Adams (1952 - 2001)
  • Blog Post: Aviation Term of the Day

    Aileron One of the hinged flaps on the trailing edge of a wing of an aeroplane for maintaining or restoring its balance when flying. From the French. aileron, diminutive of aile wing. First appearance in English in1909. Oxford English Dictionary, Second Edition, 1989 And in case you'd like to improve...