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Climate Con? Ha!

30 May, 2011

Just had to share that topical anagram with you, mixing the letters of MICHAEL CATON, the actor enmeshed in the carbon trading campaign, along with Climate-Cate. Major props to both of them, by the way, if this blog can wave a flag for a moment. Good to see some citizens – and two charismatic hirelings – create some counter-energy in the face of The Abbott & Barnaby Show, and the ulterior coal lobbies.

Enough tub-thumping. Time to rap a Wall Street Journal piece. The story looks at the hyper-newness of slang, how “yesterday’s cutting edge is tomorrow’s ho-hum”. Click here to learn about rando and rickrolling, biffles and vertical coffins. And see how you fare in the 8-question quiz. (Honest truth, I grubbed out a miserable three.).

And what new words can we add to the endless glossary? I love the gimmick I caught last week, namely antiversary, being a commemoration of a relationship break-up. Or the word in today’s Australian, to plip. Any takers? Pure onomatopoeia, of course. Plip is the new-century word meaning to unlock your car.

What more slang can we unlock? How about catonia, being the delusional trance suffered by Barnaby Joyce? Heard any coinages lately? All donations welcome.

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Yep, my Gargantuan Book of Words is big & full of words. Not just English but secret codes, Papuan pidgin, Zulu worms, sound FX, funny goldfish, letter origami. You get the drift? It's big. It's fun. And it's out now

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Gargantuan Book of Words

Sneeze words. Fake pasta. Viking slang. Gargantuan is a jumbo jumble of puzzles & games, mazes & quizzes, tailor-made for that wordy wonderkid in your life. Or anyone in love with letters, secret codes, puns, rhymes, emoji & all things languagey. More here 

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Wordburger

Packed with games, pickles, codes and cheesy puns, Wordburger is your chance to be a champion puzzler in 20 quick bites. Ideal for wordy kids keen to open a new language door, or grown-ups who want to cut their cryptic teeth. Click here. 

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Riddledom

Riddles in song, in code, in pictures. From Ireland & Wonderland, Einstein & Pompeii. Riddledom reveals 101 wry questions from 50+ languages & shares their secrets. A book to unlock culture via conundrum. Order here.

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Text-speak is creeping into Scrabble. Where do you sit?
OBVS I'm fine with it
Entrenched stuff - like LOL and OMG - but no more.
Words With Friends, maybe. Scrabble, no
Let the 'real' dictionaries decide first
Just the handy stuff, like FAQ and EUW
I mean, WTF?! No way
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