To mark the 100th episode of the Allusionist, here’s a celebratory parade of language-related facts.Read More
You'd think you could trust dictionaries, but it turns out, they are riddled with LIES.
Delivering this upsetting news is Eley Williams, who is just finishing up her PhD about mountweazels, esquivalience and other hoax words that lexicographers have snuck into dictionaries.
- In 2009 a Dublin art gallery held an exhibition called 'The Life and Times of Lilian Virginia Mountweazel'.
- Here's the process by which a real word gets into a dictionary.
- And here's how they rooted out 'esquivalience'.
- Cryptozoological hoaxes!
- I love Eley's sister Catherine Williams's illustration of the made-up bird jungftak:
MAILCHIMP'S RANDOMLY SELECTED WORD FROM THE DICTIONARY:
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