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by Joshua Gaskell

Tag: OED

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.

Thursday, 22nd June 2017

Hate preacher, n.

Pronunciation: /heɪt ˈpriːtʃə/
Etymology: < hate n. + preacher n.

1. A person, esp. a spiritual leader, who preaches or advocates hatred or hostility against a particular group, faith, etc.
2. Contronymous to sense 1, a person, esp. a non-spiritual non-leader, who preaches or advocates hatred or hostility against, er, hate preachers.

Tuesday, 7th February 2017

Speaker’s Corner, n.

Pronunciation: /ˈspiːkəz ˈkɔːnə/
Etymology: < speaker n. + corner n.

The north-east corner of the House of Commons, noted as a place where soap-box orators air their views.

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