Monthly Archives: March 2013

Extra Lex: Lonely Negatives in Mental Floss

  We interrupt Lexie’s adventures for another Mental Flossing (which is entirely different from brainwashing). Disgruntled, disgusted and disheveled: Negative words that have lost their positive partners: Mental Floss Advertisements

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Batsh*t Crazy

“What about [ahem] …guano,” Batman wanted to know. “Well, as Steven Pinker points out in The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature, the number of Eskimo words for ‘snow’ is small potatoes compared to the range … Continue reading

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Excavating Bat Cave Etymology

Well, I went off on a tangent taking about the bat- related to beating and battering and never did give an account of the flapping and fluttering bat that “Batman” asked me about. Here’s what the costumed character wanted to … Continue reading

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Batting About “Debate” and “Combat”

As I hopped on the Dash bus down Franklin toward home I couldn’t get that Batman character out of my mind. He was batty, all right, but he certainly isn’t the only one in this burg. That’s part of the … Continue reading

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Extra Lex: 6 Words English Got from Hindi

More Mental Floss to keep your convolutions minty fresh. Sure, there are more, like dungarees, dinghy, jungle and gunny (as in sack), but I think these are the most interesting words English got from Hindi: http://mentalfloss.com/article/49137/6-words-english-got-hindi

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