|This week we learn that it might help to have granny hair when yardsaling your fan-freaking-tastic truck nuts. Sinceriously.|
|granny hair n. On a young woman, hair that has been dyed gray or silver. [Reuters]
diskiness n. A measure of how much the shape of an elliptical galaxy resembles a disk as opposed to a box. [Columbia University]
panoptiboss n. A manager who uses technology to track the location and job performance of his or her employees. (Panopticon + boss) [Twitter]
transwording pp. Blending words from two or more languages to create a new word. [Latino USA]
yardsaling pp. Organizing and running a yard sale, particularly to benefit a charity.
Photo: Paul McFedries.
|Word of the Week|
|sinceriously adv. With sincerity and purpose. (sincerity + serious) [Note: You can purchase “Sinceriously” t-shirts to benefit charity; Just be warned that the shirt “defines” this adverb twice: once as a noun and once as a verb!]
|Cruft* of the Week|
truck nuts n. A plastic accessory that attaches to a truck or other vehicle and is designed to resemble a pair of dangling testicles. [City Lab] Also: trucksticles (of course).
* “Poorly built, possibly over-complex; generally unpleasant” —The Jargon File.
|“-core” Is the Suffix of Our Time|
|Where some other languages may soberly cherish the sanctity of their word forms and vocabulary, English is notorious for being playful and expressive with its linguistic morphology or word-building. Well-known examples of the infixation phenomenon are the colorfully offensive expletive infixation, the so-called Homeric ma-infixation, the Flanderian diddly-infixation and hip hop’s ‘iz’/’izn’ infixation (shiznit and the like).|
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