This week’s really obscure English word is crasis. It’s a technical grammatical term originating from Greek, referring to the blending of two adjacent vowels into one long one. For instance, ‘ee’, as in ‘leer’ Your challenge? Write a sentence (or two) in the comments using this word. Copyright © Matthew Wright 2017 Advertisements
Albert Einstein once explained that nuclear weapons changed everything – except the way we think. He was right, of course. That worries me. There’s been a lot of talk about rogue-state nuclear weapons of late. A war using such appalling devices seems a real possibility – more so than during the dark days of the … More Einstein’s warning – and why even a small nuclear war could destroy humanity
The hurricanes of the past few weeks that have devastated the Carribean and parts of the United States have been record-setters. The human cost is huge, and our first thoughts must be to the victims and their families. Unfortunately it’s the likely shape of where things are going, worldwide. New Zealand’s been unusually warm and … More Why is the weather going mad? Humanity’s ongoing stupidity, that’s why
There are over a million individual words in English. Most of them are quite obscure and deserve better attention than they get. This week’s is callipygian. It’s a borrow word from Greek and means ‘possessing shapely buttocks’. No really. Your challenge? Write a sentence (or two) in the comments using this word. Copyright © Matthew … More The obscure word of the week is callipygian
Apparently Earth is going to be destroyed by Niburu this month. Again. That didn’t happen last time somebody predicted Niburu was on the way. Or the time before. Or the 286,383 times before that. But once again, it’s predicted, this time by a Christian numerologist using a combination of ancient Egyptian markings in one of … More Niburu doom is on its way… again…
OMG! It’s a hundred years old today. That’s right – it’s exactly a century since Admiral of the Fleet Sir John Arbuthnot Fisher – Lord Fisher, First Baron Fisher of Kilverstone – coined the acronym we all know and love. He came up with OMG (“Oh! My God!”) in a letter of 9 September 1917 … More OMG, it’s the centenary of OMG!
Full beards are in these days, it seems. Especially for those twenty-somethings who cycle past on their designer bikes, sipping designer coffee in a designer take-away cup with one hand while steering with the other. This is the hip way of the future; urbanised, up to the minute, millennial, mobile-enabled. And bearded, if you happen … More Let’s beard like it’s 1849