The Worldwide Weblog of Donald Pincher

by Joshua Gaskell

Category: Journal

Saturday, 3rd February 2018

Woke, adj.

Pronunciation: /wəʊk/
Etymology: < woke, past participle of wake v.

1. Originally: well-informed
2. Now chiefly: Contronymous to sense 1, over-attentive to racial or social discrimination and injustice.

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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.

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.

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