English teacher from England. Currently teaching in South East Asia.
Sketch to Stretch: Visualizing Vocabulary Study
Let’s set the scene. Your OH has left his brahs and decided it’s date night, and although he isn’t exactly ripped he’s made an effort with his new soul patch (lolz!) and he makes a hella delicious dirty martini.
Does that sound ridic, or even douchey?
Research from the Oxford Dictionaries team shows that these terms have made their way into common usage, hence their inclusion in the quarterly update of new words and meanings. Other additions inspired by contemporary culture include hot yoga, hosepipe ban, and e-cigarette.
Hella ridic new words to make you lolz: ODO August 2012 update
I’ve never heard ‘cozzie’ mean police officer; I use it to mean swimming costume. A better example would be ‘thong’ In Britain it means an item of women’s underwear and in Australia it means ‘flip-flop’ sandals. As an Australian friend of mine found out when she stood in front of 30 British teenagers and said, “Make sure you’re wearing your thongs when we walk down to the beach.” Likewise, I know a Canadian who couldn’t understand why the British girls were so mad at him when he jokingly threatened to give them a slap on the fanny.
We have been looking at synonyms and how different mores with similar meanings can have different connotations and effects (Links with Writer’s Effect, Paper 2 IGCSE)
Today I drew ‘fat’ on the board in the middle of a line. Students looked up definitions of the following words then place them on the line depending on if they were more of less offensive than ‘fat.’
We then discussed the words and wrote them on the board, debating which were more offensive and the difference between calling a boy and a girl ‘brawny.’
Finally, the students were given these three sentences and asked to think about the different explanations and effects of each.
He was a chubby baby with a round face and blue eyes.
She was a fleshy woman with a round face and blue eyes.
He was a beefy man with a round face and blue eyes.
Connotations of words can be hard can be hard, but this pulled up a lot of good discussion around the ways different words are perceived, and the different ways men and women are treated in regards to weight and muscle. Also some laughs, such as when I asked them, ‘Why do you never hear anyone say a podgy baby needs to lose weight?’
(Word list comes from the teachit resource ‘Looking at synonyms’ it has lists for old, then, say and walk if anyone wants to do something similar but doesn’t want to use fat)
The life of slang… dot com
Taken from a letter writer to directors, producers and studio executives in 1934 by copywriter Robert Pirosh, who was keen to become a screenwriter.
Full letter here:
How do words get into the dictionary?
The Global Language Monitor estimates that there are currently 1,009,753 words in the English language. Despite this large lexicon, many nuances of human experience still leave us tongue-tied. And that’s why sometimes it’s necessary to turn to other languages to find le mot juste. Here are fifteen foreign words with no direct English equivalent. 1. Zhaghzhagh (Persian) 4. Luftmensch (Yiddish) 5. Iktsuarpok (Inuit) 6. Cotisuelto (Caribbean Spanish) 7. Pana Po’o (Hawaiian)
The chattering of teeth from the cold or from rage.
2. Yuputka (Ulwa)
A word made for walking in the woods at night, it’s the phantom sensation of something crawling on your skin.
3. Slampadato (Italian)
Addicted to the UV glow of tanning salons? This word describes you.
There are several Yiddish words to describe social misfits. This one is for an impractical dreamer with no business sense. Literally, air person.
You know that feeling of anticipation when you’re waiting for someone to show up at your house and you keep going outside to see if they’re there yet? This is the word for it.
A word that would aptly describe the prevailing fashion trend among American men under 40, it means one who wears the shirt tail outside of his trousers.
“Hmm, now where did I leave those keys?” he said, pana po’oing. It means to scratch your head in order to help you remember something you’ve forgotten.
Meteorologists can be poets in Turkey with words like this at their disposal. It means moonlight shining on water.
9. Vybafnout (Czech)
A word tailor-made for annoying older brothers—it means to jump out and say boo.
10. Mencolek (Indonesian)
You know that old trick where you tap someone lightly on the opposite shoulder from behind to fool them? The Indonesians have a word for it.
11. Faamiti (Samoan)
1. Zhaghzhagh (Persian)
4. Luftmensch (Yiddish)
5. Iktsuarpok (Inuit)
6. Cotisuelto (Caribbean Spanish)
7. Pana Po’o (Hawaiian)
To make a squeaking sound by sucking air past the lips in order to gain the attention of a dog or child.
12. Glas wen (Welsh) 13. Bakku-shan (Japanese) 14. Boketto (Japanese) 15. Kummerspeck (German) Many of the words above can be found in BBC researcher Adam Jacot de Boinod’s book ‘The Meaning of Tingo and Other Extraordinary Words from Around the World.’
A smile that is insincere or mocking. Literally, a blue smile.
The experience of seeing a woman who appears pretty from behind but not from the front.
It’s nice to know that the Japanese think enough of the act of gazing vacantly into the distance without thinking to give it a name.
Excess weight gained from emotional overeating. Literally, grief bacon.
12. Glas wen (Welsh)
13. Bakku-shan (Japanese)
14. Boketto (Japanese)
15. Kummerspeck (German)
Many of the words above can be found in BBC researcher Adam Jacot de Boinod’s book ‘The Meaning of Tingo and Other Extraordinary Words from Around the World.’
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(Grief bacon is totally my favourite)