Posts tagged "words"

Sarah Jessica Parker Is Neither A Feminist Nor A Fan Of Using Words Correctly

SJP says “I’m not a feminist, I’m a humanist,” has no idea what either of those words mean. …

Robyn Pennacchia | July 7, 2015 - 6:00 pm

The Soapbox: Let’s Get Real When Discussing Complicated Sexual Experiences

There’s been a lot of talk lately in the media about sexual violence. Late last month, former CBC Broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi was fired amid allegations of sexual assault. A few…

Melissa Petro | December 16, 2014 - 2:30 pm

8 Words I’d Like To Ban From Life

I spend an inordinate amount of time reading and writing and thinking about words, why they’re used, how they’re used; how sentences are structured, what human motivations are behind those…

Rebecca Vipond Brink | July 21, 2014 - 11:00 am

14 Cool Foreign Words With No Direct English Translation, As Illustrated By Designer Anjana Iyer

“Sure, you can borrow that Junot Diaz book. It’s in the tsundoku pile on my desk.”
As a writer, I’m totally fascinated and obsessed with language, including the absence of specific words from the English language…

Amelia McDonell-Parry | May 17, 2014 - 11:00 am

This Linguistic Map Of The U.S. Fails To Take Into Account The Full Range Of “You” Expressions

I’m totally fascinated by the way people talk. Accents, vocabulary and emphasis varies so much, depending on where in the country you live. I lived in the Midwest (land of…

Julie Gerstein | August 30, 2013 - 1:30 pm

Douchebags, Sluts & Boners: The Origins Of Some Of The Most Well-Known Slang Words & Insults

Boner. It hasn’t always referred to a penis, you know. In fact, in the early ’80s, there was a sitcom character named Boner, that had absolutely nothing to do with…

Julie Gerstein | April 24, 2013 - 11:00 am

6 Made Up Nerd Words That Made It To Common Usage, Plus 8 That Should

Let me let you in on a little secret: writers like words. We like them so much. And so where you might wrinkle your nose and wonder why on…

The Mary Sue | April 15, 2012 - 3:30 pm

No, That’s Not ADORKable: Words That Need to Be Retired–Now

I blame Zooey Deschanel. Not just because I blame Zooey Deschanel for most of my problems — why men in my demographic seem to all want some unattainable manic pixie…

Julie Gerstein | December 7, 2011 - 9:00 am

Outrage! “Cassette Tape” Removed From The Oxford English Dictionary

Do you want to feel old? Really old? While words like sexting, jeggings and mankini have found their way into the collective consciousness, one term has been exorcised forever from…

Julie Gerstein | August 23, 2011 - 2:20 pm

“LOL,” “OMG,” “♥” And “Muffin Top” Added To The Oxford English Dictionary

OMFG, I am LMAO. Apparently, the Oxford English Dictionary announced some new additions to its iconic pages this week. A few of the words being taken into the fold: “LOL,”…

Kate Torgovnick/ | March 25, 2011 - 12:20 pm

What Do The Words “Spillcam,” “Vuvuzela,” And “Refudiate” All Have In Common?

“Spillcam,” “vuvuzela,” and “refudiate” are three of the most important words of 2010. Yup! The Global Language Monitor has just announced its all-important list of the top ten words of…

Ami Angelowicz | November 16, 2010 - 5:10 pm

The Strange Evolution Of The Word “Dude”

Maybe two years ago, a strange word came out of my mouth: “dude.” I don’t know why it came to mind or what inspired me to use it exactly. But…

Kate Torgovnick/ | July 23, 2010 - 4:50 pm

25 Words And Phrases We Want To Retire

There are some words and phrases that we here at The Frisky are so over hearing that whenever one of us utters one, someone else says, “Can we retire that…

Wendy Atterberry | September 2, 2009 - 3:00 pm

20 Words That Gross Us Out More Than “Moist”

Moist is a word a lot of people seem to hate. In an article on GOOD, the writer resurrects a word-aversion discussion about that and other words.


Catherine Strawn | August 7, 2009 - 11:00 am

Yo, Dude! The Origins of Common Slang Words

Slang is defined as an informal nonstandard vocabulary composed typically of coinages, arbitrarily changed words, and extravagant, forced, or facetious figures of speech, according to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary.

In other… | July 26, 2009 - 1:00 pm

Words We Want Banished In 2009

Lake Superior State University released its 34th version of their annual List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness earlier this week.

Wendy Atterberry | January 2, 2009 - 4:30 pm