Here’s word person gluttony: Nym Words.
Don’t know your acronyms from your antonyms or your aptronyms from your autonyms? Confused about what tautonyms and toponyms are? You’ll find them all here, from homonyms and hypernyms to eponyms and exonyms. We will guide you through explanations of each term, with helpful examples. Never again will you be perplexed by patronyms, confused by contronyms (contranyms), baffled by bacronyms…
I think I ate a bacronym once; rather like chicken.
Here’s what might be a good idea wrapped in an awfully-titled envelope: Unsuck It. The idea is to translate corporate business jargon into ordinary, understandable English. Their search box asks “What terrible business jargon do you need unsucked?” It’s a hard task– nigh impossible — these folks have set themselves, and so they’ve a ways to go. But it’s worth a look. (via this New Yorker article)
We’re just wild about this next word, a neologism, “Googleheimer’s“, short (we suppose) for “Googleheimer’s disease”. It means thinking of Googling something, but forgetting what it was by the time you get to a computer. Brilliant!
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Now, I’ve had enough, my box is clean
You know what I’m sayin’ and you know what I mean
From now on you’d best get on someone else
While you’re doin’ it, keep that juice to yourself
Odds and ends, odds and ends
Lost time is not found again
- Odds and Ends, The Basement Tapes, Bob Dylan, 1967