Tag Archives: Words

Oo-er Misses: The British Obsession with the Double Entendre


If TV and radio are to be believed, the Britain of the 1960s and ’70s was fraught with sauciness and naughty euphemisms. You couldn’t move for double entendres, with programmes including Round the Horne, Are You Being Served? and more Carry On films than you could shake a stick at. Essentially, a double entendre is(…)

Effing and Blinding: Exploring Expletives


&@!# Somehow, although this collection of characters contains no actual letters, it’s an expletive. A curse, a swear word, a naughty word. Most people who are even vaguely internet savvy will recognize this keyboard smash as a censored swear word, though you’ll have to have a guess at which of the multitude of four letter words I’m(…)

Truly Epic Words and Phrases from Mythology


Have you ever finished a conversation wishing your words had a more lasting impression? Do you want your similes and metaphors to sound more intelligent? Then look no further than to the realm of mythology. With an abundance of literature stocked full of literally epic deeds and the characters who performed them, it’s the perfect(…)

The German Words We Should All Be Using


If there’s one thing I love about the German language – and one thing German is excellent at – it’s stringing words together to make new words. We do the same in English: sea-lion, armchair, fireplace; but they’re usually a little more straightforward and don’t get anywhere near as long as German words can. If(…)

From N00B to 1337: Gamer Talk Dissected


If you’ve ever spent any serious time playing video games, you should be able to translate the title. If not, there’s never been a better time to acclimate yourself with the lingo. Since video games are exponentially evolving in line with Moore’s law, they’re positioned to keep pace with computers and become an increasingly important(…)

Sugarcoatings for Sweet Tooths – Euphemisms Explained!


I’m going to send you to Belize. If this phrase has any meaning to you apart from embarking on a tropical vacation, chances are good you’re a fan of AMC’s hit television series Breaking Bad. The phrase is used in the final season of the show as a euphemism for murder. A euphemism, of course,(…)

Brosteque Enough For You? The Devolution of the ‘Brother’


Patrick sets down a red plastic cup of Miller Lite and looks at himself in the mirror. He adjusts his baseball cap and pops the collar of his rugby shirt. He can’t wait to start shouting about how awesome he is. There is a knock at the door. “Hey bro, you almost ready?” Patrick and(…)

Thieving Englishmen, Go Steal Some More Words


Anyone who has spoken a second (or third or fourth) language has been faced with that one beautifully tricky word that just won’t translate into any other. In Afrikaans, if you’re feeling sickly, you would say you feel naar, where the closest English translation is nauseous. Go on, Google Translate this baby – typing it(…)

Coupon lingo

Couponing has become a big thing in this country, even making it on to TV with shows like extreme couponing. It even has its own lingo! The Wordnik blog has listed their ten favourite couponing words, here’s a selection: Blinkie Blinkies are a type of coupon dispensed from a machine in a store aisle or at(…)