A few months ago I mentioned writing about man-words for Macmillan Dictionary Blog; recently I’ve written some more there, about other things. My posts have appeared once a week, normally on Tuesday or Wednesday, and it’s time I brought them to the attention of Sentence first readers who haven’t read them and might be interested in doing so.
First I looked at the onomatopoeic word nom, often seen in om nom nom, then (for Valentine’s sake) I briefly explored the word together, chiefly its semantics and etymology. Last week I examined Google’s culturomics/n-grams, a remarkable project based on the Google Books corpus, and this week’s offering is a short survey of variations on vacation that celebrates our fondness for coining new words (like halfwaycation – can you guess what it means?).
The Macmillan Dictionary Blog has many authors who share a passionate interest in words and language; it is well worth a wander around. The archive of my posts is on this page. Comments here or there would be very welcome.