WordSpy : Find recently coined words and how it is used in new ways

There is no denying that the internet has changed the way we communicate, share knowledge and access information. However in a more general way, the web revolution has made sweeping changes in our day to day lingo, introducing words that are both nuts and witty at the same time. Word listings include definitions, background, earliest citations and list of related, words and teams. Now even the words LOL is into dictionary.

Word Spy

Welcome to the world of Wordspy a website dedicated to “recently coined words and phrases old words that are being used in new ways and exciting words that have enjoyed a recent renaissance.”

According to the promoters the site is devoted to lixpionage, the sleuthing of new words and phrases. These aren’t “stunt words” or “singlets”, but new terms that have appeared multiple times in newspapers, magazines, books, web sites and other recorded sources for instance spam mean flooding a newsgroup with irrelevant or inappropriate messages, which in turn, has derived from the overuse of the word “spam” in a sketch by Monty Pythons Flying circus.

It is indeed fun to go through the words and know about the origin. Below are some examples :

  • Ever wondered what to call a person who has a fear of Friday the 13th ? Its called as paraskvidekatria phobia. This tongue torture is derived from the geek word paraskevi Friday, and dekatria is 13.
  • Promzilla : A high school girl who, while planning for her prom, becomes exceptionally selfish, difficult, and obnoxious.
  • pancake people : Internet users who read widely, but without depth.

WordSpy is also available on Prints which includes lot more words than you can have on he website. If you want grab it from here | You can follow Wordpsy on Twitter and Facebook. You can also subscribe over email for daily updates over twitter. I really wish there was an app for this.

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