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Feb 7, 2003

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Why do you ostracise somebody by sending them to Coventry?

And is the word Shit really an acronym?



TOPICAL WORDS SECTION

Fears over the future of the Banana lead to etymological musings.



TURNS OF PHRASE SECTION

The Dental spa may make visiting the dentist less stressful.



WEIRD WORDS SECTION

Noises in the atmosphere are called Sferics.



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Words of 2002; Plain English Campaign Awards 2002; How words enter the language.



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Ccast aspersions; Beat the band; The endings -ise and -ize; Great Scott!; Guinea pig?; I’m your Huckleberry; Mind your beeswax; Eavesdropper; Cack-handed; To and fro; Head over heels.



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Convict Words; Weird and Wonderful Words; A Word A Day; Oxford Dictionary of Catchphrases; The Dimwit’s Dictionary.



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Curriculum; Problemsome; Murder; Confide; Cooked; Good Egg; Braggadocious; Frisbee; Jubilee.



TURNS OF PHRASE SECTION

Hidden hunger; Otpotss; Glycomics; E-voting; Cyberloafing; Asian Brown Cloud; Chemtrails; Globesity.



WEIRD WORDS SECTION

Gargalesis; Humongous; Didgeridoo; Costard; Paralipsis; Fantods; Colophonian; Haggard; Bankrupt; Gremlin; Rodomontade; Picadil; Haberdasher; Blackguard.



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Andrea Bullrich  Identity Verified
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Thanks! Feb 7, 2003

Just loved the impactful ignorals...



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María Alejandra Funes
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Amazing! Feb 8, 2003

Thanks a lot!



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