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Shtick Lit

What is "shtick lit"? Visual Thesaurus contributor Nancy Friedman defines it as "books perpetrated by people who undertook an unusual project with the express purpose of writing about it." Read all about the history of the gimmicky term at Nancy's entertaining blog, Fritinancy.
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Gift Words

Just in time for the holidays, Visual Thesaurus contributor Mark Peters has rounded up a selection of gift-related words and phrases for his latest "Wordtastic" column in Good Magazine — covering everything from Seinfeldian "regifting" to "shopper's block." Read it here.
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"Have the Rules Changed?"

Jack Lynch, author of The Lexicographer's Dilemma, has a new blog on the Psychology Today website entitled "Proper Words in Proper Places." His latest post explores how the rules of language, like the rules of dress, do not follow any official guidelines. Read it here.
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How We Got to "Hello"

Have you ever wondered why we say "hello" when we answer the telephone? Nate Barksdale of the think tank Cardus takes a long look at the history of the greeting here.

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Quadrivial Quandary

Software engineer Rudi Seitz has set up a fun challenge he calls Quadrivial Quandary: "Each day we present four words from our favorite dictionary sites. Your challenge is to use them all in a sentence that illustrates their meanings." Join in the logophilia here.
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More on "Text(ed)"

Exploring a topic discussed here back in April, the British linguist John Wells considers how people are forming the past tense of the verb "to text" (often pronounced, like the present tense, as "text"). Read about it on Dr. Wells's phonetics blog here.
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From the blogosphere comes news that President Obama's name has become an eponym, but not in English. In Japanese, Obama has transformed into obamu — a verb that means, according to one blogger, "to ignore inexpedient and inconvenient facts or realities."  Continue reading...
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