Archive for the ‘Language’ category

Unexpected Star Wars Encounter

2010.02.05

verb ( labeled )

• give a name to (something) : she labeled his new Riviera a “Star Wars” car.

Via the OS X dictionary app.

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Apropos Sesquipedalia

2009.04.17

Via the h2g2 @ bbc

Sesquipedalian n.

One who is inordinately infatuated with polysyllabic obfuscation, preferring never to employ a less complicated syntactic arrangement of descriptive words when there exists a single expressive unit that amalgamates the multiplicity of morphemes comprising the simpler phrase. Among the manifold objectives of multisyllabic, holophrasticverbalism are those of: rendering the author’s meaning indisputably precise yet simultaneously incomprehensible; demonstrating through superior orthography and lexical awareness that the writer is manifestly more erudite than the reader; […]

See also: Consequences of Erudite Vernacular Utilized Irrespective of Necessity: Problems with Using Long Words Needlessly

I Be Feelin’ Lucky

2008.09.19

Aye, it be that time o’ year again, me hearties!

The swabs o’er at Google Labs have loosed the latest Google Search lingo on ye.  Arrr!

Quidquid Latine dictum sit altum viditu

2007.10.08