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Thursday, March 11, 2010

The English Language Is Awesome

And full of awesome words.

Here are some recent words of the day I’ve been meaning to write about.

transmogrify \transs-MAH-gruh-fye\ verb
: to change or alter greatly and often with grotesque or humorous effect

That’s right, transmogrify is actually a word. I always assumed it was something Bill Watterson made up.

I’m delighted to discover I was wrong.

zaftig \ZAHF-tig\ adjective
: having a full rounded figure : pleasingly plump

This is a word that needs to be used far more frequently.

Far more frequently.

saxicolous \sak-SIK-uh-lus\ adjective
: inhabiting or growing among rocks

This looks like a capatcha that we’d define as: “fabulous sax music” but instead it’s something boring.

Augean stable \aw-JEE-un-STAY-bul\ noun
: a condition or place marked by great accumulation of filth or corruption

This term should come up far more frequently when describing the Internet or politics, but it never does.

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