Mark Peters is a language columnist, lexicographer, and humorist who has written for Esquire, The Funny Times, New Scientist, Psychology Today, Salon, and Slate. He contributes to OUPblog and writes the Best Joke Ever column for McSweeney's. You can read Mark's own jokes on Twitter, such as, "I play by my own rules, which is probably why no one comes to my board game parties anymore."
Multiverse is a word with multiple meanings and origins, ranging from heady philosophy to spandex-clad superheroes, but the first examples of multiverse are a lot older than you would think and not where you would expect. Continue reading...
The realm of nerdiness has been steadily expanding for years, with nerd culture taking over the world in the form of technology and pop culture. That makes this a good time to look at this insult turned compliment with a murky past and bright future. Continue reading...
These vocabulary words relate to both senses of the phrase smoke and mirrors: the magicians pulling a rabbit out of a hat and the hucksters selling a big load of baloney. Continue reading...
Topics: Fun Word Origins
Take a break from memorizing the first one hundred digits of pi (π) to brush up on these mathematical terms that appear frequently in other contexts, too. Continue reading...
Topics: Fun Word Origins
Sometimes — mayhaps many times — we need words to help us make fun of other words, not to mention the preening posers who use them, including ourselves. Continue reading...
In honor of this new movie and great character, here are some terms relating to T'Challa, a superhero who's literally comic book royalty. Continue reading...
Whether you are a curmudgeon or just know one, let's all take a moment to acknowledge National Curmudgeons Day, January 29, with some terms I hope you won't pooh-pooh. Continue reading...
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