In other OED news… they have a secret vault of outcast words!
while i was away from my desk for the last one point five months, a few standout individuals took it upon themselves to keep me apprised on what is fresh in the world of lexicography. the answer: a lot. here are some juicy word-related items that are sure to make you howl with ecstasy.
oxford’s sekrit word vault is a heavily-guarded filing cabinet deep inside the catacombs underneath the offices of the oxford university press. some dipshit graphic designer was recently given (indirect) access to a few of the “non-words” that oxford editors don’t want you to know about (or that they deemed unsuitable for print). among the choicest:
furgle · to feel in a pocket for a small object
percuperate · to prepare for the possibility of being ill
scrax · the waxy coating that is scratched off of a lottery ticket.
forvo.com is an online pronunciation guide for over 750,000 words in more than 250 languages. i immediately looked up flaccid because if you pronounce it correctly in my presence, i become anything but—needless to say, forvo.com is all the v14gr4 that i need.
the first english dictionary of slang 1699 is set to be published for the first time in over 300 years. some of the many headspinners found inside are:
arsworm · a little diminutive fellow
fizzle · a low sounding fart
grumbletonians · malcontents
mad respect to my informers: allan, june, and danielle