Words and letters

  • Grant Barrett’s Double-Tongued Word Wrester, which I mentioned at its inception, is an ever-growing online dictionary focused on recording slang, jargon, and other “undocumented or under-documented words from the fringes of English.” Recently defined: “cocaine bugs.” Recently noted: “cancer cabin,” “voyeurgasm,” and “testilying.”
  • A new book compiles unusual and sometimes useful words from around the globe. Among them are “pomicione,” Italian for a “man who seizes any chance of being in close physical contact with a woman,” and “KORO,” Japanese for the “hysterical belief that one’s penis is shrinking into one’s body.”
  • The Kurdish new year in Turkey is not brought to you by the letters Q and W, according to a Turkish court. The fine imposed for using those letters on celebratory placards? 100 new lira ($75.53). (Via Bookninja.)

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