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Mark Peters writes about euphemisms for Visual Thesaurus, comedy for McSweeney's, and comic books for Bark. He is the author of the forthcoming book Bullshit: A Lexicon from Three Rivers Press.
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.
Whether you’re enjoying a movie or eating your feelings, it’s hard to resist a good munch—or as the kids say these days, a nom nom nom. So why not learn about some old words for munching while polishing off those potato chips?
Here’s a look at some words you should be prepared to disavow completely if questioned.
Now that spring is here, no matter how committed you are to cars, it’s hard to resist an occasional mosey or stroll.
When something—say, a canyon or mistake—is truly enormous, the same old small time words like colossal and massive don’t always get the job done.
Next time you feel the urge to make your sparring partner aware of his lack of knowledge, soften the blow with one of these old-timey terms for ignorance.
Please use these words next time you have to describe a self-obsessed huff-snuff.
Since the days of yore, tales of imaginary creatures have been spread by storytellers, myth-makers, and drunk guys lost in the woods. But not all are as literary as the Bandersnatch or as hairy as the Yeti—some non-existent creatures, like the ones mentio
Here’s a sampling of terms that went overboard. Be their lexical lifeboat.
Here are some older, out-of-use words for the next time you need to put the whammy on somebody.
There are dozens, maybe hundreds, of terms for this delicate but illegal art.