|This week’s accidental theme is, well, accidents. Specifically, accidents related to Scotland, traffic, lips, aging, feet, and, of course, words.|
|ajockalypse n. The alleged political chaos that would ensue should the Scottish National Party win a large number of seats in a United Kingdom election (apocalypse + Jock [Scottish variation of the name John]). [Politico]
crashless adj. Incapable of getting in an accident, particularly due to the use of technology designed to prevent or avoid crashes. [Men’s Journal]
lipthinking n. Thinking out loud. [Twitter]
zenosyne n. The sense that time speeds up as we get older. [The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows]
|Word of the Week|
pedal error n. Pressing the wrong pedal while driving, particularly when this results in an accident.
|Cruft* of the Week|
stuplime adj. Inane or silly to the point of transcendence (stupid + sublime). [Slate]
* “Poorly built, possibly over-complex; generally unpleasant” —The Jargon File.
|5 language arguments you can stop having|
|Far from being vulgar or frivolous or both, wordplay is a complex literary device permitting a richer response to language. Skillfully deployed, the pun does not bandy words, but bandages together (it arises, after all, from a linguistic accident) disparate meanings. Its vivacious, sometimes pugnacious presence warns the reader against taking the text at face value.
—Gary Egan, Verbatim
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