2004-05-29 : Today’s lesson covers abuses of the English Language
OK, firstly, a new word for you which quite frankly I didn't believe was a word, but dictionary.com seemed to indicate otherwise.
Bowdlerize Bowd”ler*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bowdlerized; p. pr. & vb. n. Bowdlerizing.] [After Dr. Thomas Bowdler, an English physician, who published an expurgated edition of Shakespeare in 1818.] To expurgate, as a book, by omitting or modifying the parts considered offensive.
Whilst on the topic of words, I had an argument/discussion with Nicki the other day, who claimed that she was up to “her 6 month anniversary of being in London”. My take on it was that you couldn't have a 6-month anniversary by definition, and Merriam-Webster backs me up on this one. So ha ha ha, I win.
And finally, this one's not about words as such, although this guy sure seems to know how to string a couple together. I've been getting a bit of a giggle from www.jaypinkerton.com lately, particularly the section on urban myths – possibly not the comprehensive resource that Snopes is, but then who believes these things ANYWAY ?