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Beware of basorexia this February

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Be very careful. It’s the month of St Valentine and soppy cards, so you could easily be afflicted by this condition. You see, ‘basorexia’ is a sudden urge to kiss someone. And we’re grateful to emotions expert Tiffany Watt Smith for bringing us the word and its definition in her new encyclopaedia, The Book of Human Emotions. In [...]

My word! ‘Twerk’ makes it into the OED

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It’s official. ‘Twerk’ is one of the new words to be added to the latest edition of the Oxford English Dictionary – one of the world’s most revered reference works. Those among us who live fairly sheltered lives might wonder what it means. Could it be what a Yorkshireman says to his partner on leaving [...]

Word of the month: conniptions

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If some smart Alec repeatedly drops words into conversations you don’t understand, purely to show off the diameter of their planet-sized brain, you might justifiably suffer a fit of ‘conniptions’...

Word of the month: slumgullion

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What a satisfying, visual word 'slumgullion' is, evocative perhaps of the rat-infested bowels of a ship, or an unpleasant condition of the lower intestine...

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If you’ve had the distinction of mixing up the words ‘dubious’ and ‘doubtful’, you’re not alone...

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‘Bowdlerise’ is awfully good fun to wrap your tongue around, although it brings to mind something violent and wrenching...

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Our latest Word of the Month candidate is one of the most mistreated and maligned words in English – and you could argue that its frequent out-of-context use is slightly ironic.

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This month at Wordsworks we've been desperately trying to slip the word “Honorificabilitudinitatibus” into our conversations and copywriting.

Word of the month – Bunce

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BUNCE (n.) - This 19th century word was almost obsolete by the 1960s, until an ironic revival in the 'greed-is-good' 1980s. But what does it mean?

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Young George Osborne announced his new budget a couple of weeks ago, so we've a special politics-related word for you to chew on: snollygoster.

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A special Christmas-flavoured word of the month this time - farctate.

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August's word of the month is nothing if not seasonal.