Theiling Online    Sitemap    Conlang Mailing List HQ   

Re: most looked-up words

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Tuesday, December 7, 2004, 6:45
From:    Tristan Mc Leay <conlang@...>
> I imagination 'defenestration' found it's way because it's such a cool > word, who else would've thought there'd be a word for throwing things > out of windows?
My question is: was the word actually invited for the most famous instance of that act in 1618 igniting the Thirty Years' War? I suppose one could rather easily discover the truth by looking in the OED, for English citations at least. I suppose the word was originally coined in Latin.
> Also, ten points to anyone who can tell me what a 'kudo' is.
_kudo_ [k_hudo/@u] is a backformation from _kudos_ [k_hudo/@uz](pl.), which is itself a reanalysis of Greek _kudos_ [ku:dOs] 'glory', which is usually said to originate in British schoolboy slang. ========================================================================= Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally, Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of 1010 E. 59th Street Abu Dhabi, to a French reporter. Chicago, IL 60637


Tristan Mc Leay <conlang@...>
B. Garcia <madyaas@...>
Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>