Posts tagged ‘words’

November 30, 2019

What Words Really Mean

by duncanr

back in September, – posted new definitions for some words – here are alternative meanings for more words and phrases . . .



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September 14, 2019

New Meanings

by duncanr

language is every changing – new words come into being, and existing words drop out of use or acquire new meanings

here are a few examples of the latter, i.e., new meanings of existing words


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September 11, 2019

New Words

by duncanr

‘When languages evolve, it’s essential that scholars and dictionaries and vocabularies keep up. Here are some 20+ new words that we all should start using’


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March 28, 2019

Scots Educating the English

by duncanr

Scottish MPs in the UK parliament introducing English parliamentarians tae some guid Scottish words an’ expressions. . .

August 31, 2018


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April 24, 2018

Word as Image

by duncanr
May 21, 2015


by duncanr

words120regular readers of madhatters will know how much nobbly, sticky, and ratty love to play around with words

they will appreciate the following therefore

A bicycle can’t stand alone; it is two tired.

A will is a dead giveaway

A chicken crossing the road: poultry in motion

A grenade fell onto a kitchen floor in France resulting in Linoleum Blownapart

more gems like these can be found here –

February 24, 2013

To This Day : Anti-Bullying Message

by duncanr

That old rhyme – “sticks and stones can beak my bones but words will never hurt me” is a lie

Words are weapons that cut deeper than a knife.

Physical wounds heal much faster than psychological wounds.

Kids who have been bullied knowthis to be true

December 4, 2012

Playing with Words

by duncanr

huhA man’s home is his castle, in a manor of speaking.

Dijon vu – the same mustard as before.

Practice safe eating – always use condiments.

Shotgun wedding – A case of wife or death.

A man needs a mistress just to break the monogamy.

A hangover is the wrath of grapes.

Dancing cheek-to-cheek is really a form of floor play.

Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?

Condoms should be used on every conceivable occasion.

Reading while sunbathing makes you well red.

When two egotists meet, it’s an I for an I.

A bicycle can’t stand on its own because . . .

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October 10, 2009

Words in Disfavour

by duncanr

wordsLanguage evolves all the time.

Some words ‘die-out’ while new ones are invented.

Or existing words take on new meanings.

Some words (or phrases) become ‘fashionable’. But being ‘fashionable’ does not make them ‘likeable’

A recent poll asked folks to list the words or phrases they found most irritating. Topping the list was –

whatever‘, voted most annoying by 47% of pollsters

followed by

“you know,” (25%)
“anyway” (at 7 percent),
“it is what it is” (11 percent)
“at the end of the day” (2 percent)

Source . . .

One of my pet hates is people saying “at this moment in time” instead of “now” . Ggrrr !!!

Do you have any words or phrases that drive you up the wall when you hear people using them?