The Worldwide Weblog of Donald Pincher

by Joshua Gaskell

Friday, 12th January 2018

E-pistle, n.

Pronunciation: / iːˈpɪs(ə)l/
Etymology: < epistle n., punningly after email n.

An electronic communication made to an absent person in writing; an email. Chiefly applied to emails which rank as literary productions, or to those of a public character, or addressed to a body of persons. In application to ordinary emails used only rhetorically or with playful or sarcastic implication.

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Saturday, 29th July 2017

London weighting, n.

Pronunciation: /ˈlʌndən ˈweɪtɪŋ/
Etymology: < London n. + weighting n.

1. An amount added to a salary to compensate for the higher cost of living in the London area.
2. What remainers wish their votes had.

Monday, 17th July 2017

Public convenience, n.

Pronunciation: /ˈpʌblɪk kənˈviːnɪəns/
Etymology: < public adj. + convenience n.

1. A lavatory for the convenience of the public.
2. Contronymous to sense 1, in the case of pay toilets, a lavatory for the inconvenience of the public.

Sunday, 16th July 2017

Unobsolete: an occasional column devoted to tracking social and lexical change with reference to words, phrases and definitions in the OED that are labelled ‘Obs.’ but are now unobsolescing:

Vome, v.

Etymology: < Latin vomĕre

Obs. rare. To vomit.

Derivatives: voming n. and adj.

The OED’s first illustration of the verb comes from Wycliffe’s Bible (Jeremiah 25:27): ‘Drinketh, and beth drunken, and vometh, and falleth.’ Drink, be drunk, vom, and fall.

Saturday, 15th July 2017

I stumble across the website of No Borders UK: ‘No Borders is a network of groups and individuals who fight against borders and immigration controls. We believe in freedom of movement for all.’ Maybe this is the glorious future of the human race, but who volunteers to be an early adopter if you can’t uninstall the updates?

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