Tag Archives: slang

American Religiolect: Christianese / Evangelicalese

There was an interesting short feature on PRI’s The World radio program several weeks ago about religious language which is very much worth sharing. Readers of this blog probably recognize that new and interesting words catch my interest. I’m often … Continue reading

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That Origin of Bogus? It’s Probably Bogus.

I’m old enough to remember when the word “bogus” was at the fringe of colloquial English, a slang term that few respectable people would consider using. Of course, it shouldered its way into the circle around the campfire of “acceptable … Continue reading

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WOTY (Word of the Year) 2013 — 2 of 2

A couple weeks back I posted just about all you never wanted to know about 2013’s Word of the Year (WOTY) according to various sources. This is the follow-up post, reviewing one major source that was left out (Global Language … Continue reading

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“Destroy America” and win…a free deportation!

A few of weeks ago some poor sod from the UK and his traveling companion were stopped by security at LAX, held for about 12 hours, then deported back to England. His offense? Several days earlier he’d posted this to … Continue reading

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That would be hella big.

Hellawatts? Hellagrams? Hellameters? I missed this one when it first cropped up and then, when I saw it, it was the time of year that I thought it might be an April Fool’s joke. But it wasn’t.

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