The Worldwide Weblog of Donald Pincher

by Joshua Gaskell

Tag: OED

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

un-GC, adj.

Pronunciation: /ˌʌndʒiːˈsiː/
Etymology: un- prefix + GC n.

Grammatically incorrect; not conforming to the rules of grammar.


Monday, 10 June 2019

Prorogue, v. and adj.

Pronunciation: /prə(ʊ)ˈrəʊɡ/
Etymology: < classical Latin prōrogāre to prolong, extend.

1. v. To discontinue the meetings of (a legislative or other assembly) for a period of time or until the next session, without dissolving it.
2. adj. In favour of rogue options or ‘going rogue’.

Saturday, 7th July 2018

Millennial, n.

Pronunciation: /mɪˈlɛnɪəl/
Etymology: < post-classical Latin millennium n. + -al suffix.

1. orig. U.S. A person reaching young adulthood around the year 2000.
2. Also in extended use: a young idiot.

Sunday, 3rd June 2018

Absolutism, n.

Pronunciation: /ˈabsəljuːtɪz(ə)m/
Etymology: < absolute adj. + -ism suffix

1. The practice of absolute government; absolute authority, despotism.
2. The belief among interviewees on the Today programme that ‘absolutely’ is a superior way of saying ‘yes’.

Monday, 19th March 2018

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:

Cuck, n.

Pronunciation: /kʌk/
Etymology: Shortened < cuckold n.

Obs. = cuckold n.

The OED’s one illustrative quotation comes from Ned Ward’s Hudibras Redivivus (1706). But the word now reappears on, dated to the early twenty-first century:

US informal A weak or servile man (often used as a contemptuous term for a man with moderate or progressive political views).

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