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."
As long as there's a literal Constitution to amend and a metaphorical constitution to defend, constitution will remain an important word. Here's a look at this versatile word, just in time for September 17th — Constitution Day. Continue reading...
Turns out evasion can take the form of a Trojan horsepucky so subtle and tiny most would not recognize it as evasive at all. This expanded edition of The Evasion-English Dictionary shows how small, everyday, nothing-to-see-here words can hide as much hokum as the longest and vaguest jargon. Continue reading...
National Dog Day is on August 26th. In honor of our (mostly) amenable friends, learn these synonyms for obedient. Continue reading...
Topics: Fun Language Words
Horses have trotted and galloped all over the English language.Here's a roundup of equine lingo, just in time for National I Love Horses Day on July 15th. Continue reading...
Topics: Fun Word Origins
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
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