Cometh The Time, Cometh The Word!

This blog has a (not not much used) section on new word coinages, many triggered by the internet. While we do recommend that as a good read, when that section is not being updated, we direct you to Ben Schott. “Ben Schott Who?” you may ask.

Ben Schott is an opinion contributor at the New York Times, and maintains a popular (in America, which is not the same as popular) blog called Schott’s Vocab. He is in some sense a successor to William Safire, the globally well-known wordsmith who once predicted that the whole world will one day have to speak Indian English.

This blog is a good read for those who need a new word (or phrase) every day. You might enjoy camois (pug-nosed), blackberry jam (Collision between smartphone-distracted pedestrians.) or the Mumbai Consensus (Mumbai’s answer to the Washington and Beijing Consenses) among recent entries. My personal favourite is parasatire, parodies of movies that cash in on their success and make some money themselves.

Apart from new words, there’s a lot to learn from words trending round the web (including the very trending word ‘trending’), and a lot of word play. The current game is ’emotive conjugation’:

I am firm.
You are obstinate.
He is pigheaded.

If you are deeply in love with words as I am, this blog is good for a long weekend read.

(No apologies for posting this after the long Diwali weekend has ended.)

About ozymandias

What am I? A body and brain, products of carbon concatenation chemistry, an intelligence and conscience to enable bits of DNA evolve. Maybe a pharaoh, maybe a dung-beetle, never more than a safe conduit for some genes.
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