Tag: etymology

Seven Words Shakespeare Invented

Did you know Shakespeare invented more than 1700 words? Probably. Maybe. There’s a bunch of controversy. Still, he definitely invented some words we use every day. You can probably find the long list if you really want, but here are seven. You may sense a theme.

 

 

1. Countless

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This is a pretty pedestrian word. Obviously Shakespeare didn’t invent the idea of counting, but he did give us a useful way to talk about it. It’s definitely faster than saying ‘without measure’.

 

2. Gloomy

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What would we do without the word gloomy? No synonym comes close. Dark? Shadowy? Get out of here. In this, the gloomiest season, it’s only right we honor the word itself.

 

 

3. Critic

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Where would we be without critics? How would we know what super hero movies are actually worth the trouble? In 2019, it’s hard, and I say that as a fan.

 

 

4. Bloody

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Another one that’s hella seasonably appropriate. Another one where there are no good synonyms, though I feel like if you want to convey it there are some fun gothic options.

 

 

5. Pious

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This one’s got ‘devout’ but pious does have a different vibe, maybe more smugness? Whatever it is, you can never have too many synonyms. Words, words, words.

 

 

6. Lonely

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Whatever would we do without lonely? Loneliness, lonesome, just a lot of feeling in a small space. Shakespeare knew what was up, though it doesn’t seem like HE was ever alone.

 

 

7. Majestic

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Majestic is a great word, for both serious and ironic usage (a lot of the images I found were derpy lions and unlikely centaurs). It conveys something ‘great’ just doesn’t.

 

 

 

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Goblin Farts and Robot Orphans: 10 Tumblr Posts About Word Origins to Make You Cry with Mirth and Frustration

Etymology, “the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed throughout history,” is fascinating, but it is often also mind-boggling, frustrating and hilarious. Tumblr happens to be a great resource for finding some of most terrible and amusing examples of etymology, as it is a place where many millions of people keep their secret online collections of terrible and amusing things, and for that, I am grateful.

 

Check out some of the best examples of etymology so funny, so frustrating and so down right odd that it will have you wailing with innumerable etymology-related emotions.

 

 

 

http://captainlatin.tumblr.com/post/155441815662/i-fucking-hate-languages-the-greeks-had-this

 

http://historical-nonfiction.tumblr.com/post/153012502109/you-rarely-see-a-wend-without-a-way-you-can

 

 

http://terpsikeraunos.tumblr.com/post/169289902972/friendly-reminder-that-cosmic-and-cosmetic-are

 

http://terpsikeraunos.tumblr.com/post/157323270777/i-was-wondering-why-so-many-english-plant-names

 

https://theenglishcrux.tumblr.com/post/157244688126/penpencil-penpencil-featherlittle-tail-one

 

https://dailycognates.tumblr.com/post/164135457204/the-queens-gynecologist-is-a-banshee

 

https://theenglishcrux.tumblr.com/post/158396293846/pumpernickel-pumpernickel-goblin-fart-to-any

 

https://dailycognates.tumblr.com/post/160972616114/robot-and-orphan

 

 

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A Word Invented by ‘The Simpsons’ Added to US Dictionary 22 Years Later

‘Embiggen,’ a word which debuted on an episode of cartoon The Simpsons in 1996, has been officially added to the US Dictionary. Isn’t that nice. 

 

In a sweep of 850 new words, Merriam-Webster has announced that ’embiggen’ has been added to the dictionary. The word, though first appearing in The Simpsons, has been made popular by the show Ms. Marvel, and means to “make bigger or more expansive.” Ms. Marvel has the power to ’embiggen’ herself.

 

The motto of the town in which the Simpson family reside, Springfield, is “A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man.”

 

 

 

The creators of Ms. Marvel are thrilled with the news.

 

 

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