Like to play with words?

Like to play with words? Need a diversion today? I suggest a visit to the Oxford English Fictionary. From their About page:

Have you ever read a book and come across a word and said to yourself, “Hmmm, self, I wonder what that word means?”, and then gone to a dictionary to look up the definition of the word?  And thus become slightly wiser in the ways of language?  The Oxford English Fictionary is not the book to help.

The OEF exists to define words that do not exist. If you have a word that needs a definition, submit it.  If you have a word that already has a definition, that’s very nice, but go contact Merriam Webster instead.

I just submitted smarp. I’ll let you know what it means when the folks at the OEF tell me.

Thanks to the folks at the Terminology Coordination Unit of the European Parliament for making me aware of the OEF.  And thanks to AdPunch for showing me the artwork today from an ad campaign for OISE Language Coaching. Here are two more on the theme of playing with language.


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  1. Hi:
    I found you at Motivated Grammar and added you to my favorites. I retired recently after a career in media (journalism, magazines, books), and recently started blogging (Marc Leavitt’s Blog at – Stop me, before I write again!). I especially liked your comment about teachers who love to read, and think that qualifies them to teach about writing. Mr. Verbosity (me) has a pile of A-graded papers in a box at the back of a closet.
    Keep up the good work!

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