Seven Words Shakespeare Invented

Seven Words Shakespeare Invented

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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 Image via Astronomy.com   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 Image via Imagekind   What would we do without the …

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

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

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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 …

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

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

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‘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.”     A …