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Jan
17
comment Where did the word “quim” come from?
The OED says: A derivation from Welsh cwm valley has sometimes been suggested, but is unlikely on both semantic and phonological grounds.
Jan
2
comment What's the origin of “lit”?
@ermanen: Which one?
Jan
2
comment What's the origin of “lit”?
@ermanen Thanks! Is this the same lit as seen recently? What accounts for its recent and sudden popularity 45 years after your latest quotation?
Dec
29
comment The word for not a word
@EdwinAshworth: Which authority says a word demands 'reasonably commonly used / understood'? Nixicon meets the criterion of "a single distinct meaningful element of speech or writing, used with others (or sometimes alone) to form a sentence and typically shown with a space on either side when written or printed."
Dec
28
comment The word for not a word
@John: Of course it doesn't infer any sense of being sensical or obscene; why should it? You never mentioned that in your question.
Dec
28
comment The word for not a word
@Dan: Correction: it's not yet in the OED :)
Dec
28
comment The word for not a word
@Silenus nixinym is a nixinym but if we use it it becomes an isanym (from "is a" + nym=word).
Dec
24
comment Origin of podcast
Thanks for this. Those 2001s from Ngrams will be bad OCR and bad metadata.
Dec
23
comment Origin of podcast
@PhilMJones: I didn't think to check whois, thanks! That 2002 podcast.com is very curious... Although it was just a holding page until 2005.
Dec
23
comment Origin of podcast
@ermanen: I got the Onion on Apple.
Dec
23
comment Origin of podcast
@Josh61: Thanks, I welcome it!
Dec
23
comment Origin of podcast
@BiscuitBoy I can't accept for two days to allow others to have a crack at it :)
Dec
23
comment Origin of podcast
@Josh61: Q for Field Work (needs +10), A for Do It Yourself (needs +3).
Dec
23
comment “Schlong” and its etymology
This covers nearly everything in the question: politico.com/magazine/story/2015/12/…
Dec
22
comment Where do “shenanigans” come from?
@Mari-LouA: Yes, but ended up getting the gold Marshal badge first!
Dec
17
comment Analysis of following writing pattern
@AmanVerma Happy to help! If it's useful, please tick the little green arrow on the left to "accept" this answer :)
Dec
17
comment What kind of humour is the antonym of “dry humour”?
See also english.stackexchange.com/q/75838/9001
Dec
16
comment Is there a term for the continuance of the later editions of a book?
I think it's much more common in fiction, where a single author becomes known for a certain story/character, and so there might not be a name that also covers nonfiction. But allow me to propose continuation book.
Dec
16
comment Hats on to Hatarchy
Where do you draw the line for isawordiness? What makes one thing a word and other things not?
Dec
16
comment Hats on to Hatarchy
Sure, why not? It looks like a word to me.