The Worldwide Weblog of Donald Pincher

by Joshua Gaskell

Tag: Amazon

Tuesday, 7th April 2015

Amazon, n.

Pronunciation: /ˈaməz(ə)n/
Etymology: < Latin Amazon < Greek Ἀμαζών

A race of female warriors alleged by Herodotus, etc. to exist in Scythia, an ancient tax haven.

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Monday, 3rd November 2014

Slang is ‘The special vocabulary used by any set of persons of a low or disreputable character’ (OED). Ironically for such a subject, the standard reference work is so costly that it’s beyond the reach even of persons of a middling and semi-reputable character (like me). I often want to consult Green’s Dictionary of Slang, but it’s not available on Oxford Reference Online with an ordinary library card subscription, and the cheapest copy currently on Amazon is £230.66. This is positively ‘dryfucking adj. (orig. US) infuriating, disappointing and other negatives, relevant to context. [(GDoS)] … Oxford Reference requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of titles within the service.’

Wednesday, 22nd October 2014

It occurs to me that, whereas in the past to put a simple mark in the place of a signature was a sign of illiteracy, nowadays, with the delivery man and his ‘signature capturing device’ waiting, even an X seems to be regarded as a florid extravagance.

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