November is the time of the year when OxfordDictionaries.com chooses the word that has marked the elapsing year. The last year’s word was vape, testifying to the growing popularity of e-cigarettes. 2015, according to the editors of Oxford Dictionaries, has been marked not with a word in traditional sense, but a pictograph, an emoji called ‘Face with Tears of Joy’.
The :joy: emoji was chosen because it has been most frequently used in 2015 – it makes up to 20% of all emojis used in the UK and 17% of those used in ...
If English is your second language – but even if it is not – there are always “those” words we see in the articles and books or hear on television now and then that sound great, but whose meaning may be unclear.
Language is one of these aspects of human experience that never cease to amaze. There are always words that we do not know, as well as there are things we all know about, but do not have the right words to express, and finally, there are things we all know about but perhaps do not know there is a word for them.
Some of these words include:Ailurophile – cat lover. Agelast – a person who never smiles. Petrichor – the earthy smell after the rain. Tittle – the dot above the lowercased letters j and i. Tatterdemalion &ndash ...
The team of our Language Inspection stumbled upon this message in one of Croatia’s coastal towns.
The confusing meanings of the two words describing ultimately the same thing – refuse – is perhaps best explained in the old adage saying that one man's trash is another man's treasure.
Broadly speaking, trash is anything we discard or consider worthless – old clothes, books, magazines, pieces of furniture, old technical items and so on that can be used or reused. Depending on the territory, trash may also include ...
Just like the origin of the word Africa, the exact etymology of Asia remains hidden in the unfathomable past.
What is certain, though, is that the name was first used by the Ancient Greeks, as the earliest known mention of Asia is in Herodotus’ Histories written in 440 BC. Herodotus uses the term when referring to the Persian Empire and Egypt.
However, the ultimate etymology remains uncertain. Several theories have been proposed, all of them reasonably probable – some scholars suggested the Semitic root asu, meaning east in Phoenician ...