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Mark Peters is the author of Bullshit: A Lexicon (https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/258562/bullshit-by-mark-peters/) and a cartoonist on Instagram at @markpeterstoons.
Though these words sound like fiddle-faddle, they have specific uses that go beyond yada yada and twittle-twattle.
The rich history of the English language is full of similar directional words that are cool but uncommon, like ‘pancakewards,’ ‘couchward,’ and ‘pocketwards.’
Stick these terms in your cauldron and pass them around your coven.
The world is heating up, and things are often on fire—literally. As we do what we can to squelch the flames, check out some old and obscure words people of the past used when they wanted to talk about all things fire.
Back slang is kind of like a lexical puzzle that everyone from costermongers and criminals of the Victorian era to today’s Wordle fans can appreciate.
The f-word is often thought of as the most useful and flexible word in English. Whether that’s true or not, the term is so successful that it’s spawned dozens of euphemisms. Here are a few of them.
Consider reviving these words the next time you encounter anyone twistical.
Making up words is a common internet pastime, but James Joyce was way ahead of the curve in this area. Discover 13 of the most fascinating words coined by the famed Irish author.
Conspiracy theories are everywhere these days. Here are a few old words you can use to describe them while adjusting your tinfoil hat.
If you’re easily startled or just need some alternatives to “By the hammer of Thor!” and “Damn!,” read on for some old-timey outbursts.
These words will make you sound smart as you catch or dodge the bouquet.
Whether you’re enjoying the sharp taste of an IPA or disliking some nasty words from a colleague, it’s hard not to talk about bitterness. But we could all use a few new—or old—terms for this all-too-common concept.