9 January, 2013
Hey gang – two slippers you may like to gnaw today. One is pure whim, the other the stuff of a Wordplay column.
FIRST: This morning as I was tapping anaesthetist into a Tweet, the autocorrect kept changing the word to anesthetist. Then I wondered what other words could an American gadget convert, betraying a cultural bias? Me: thong. It: lingerie. Me: cryptic. It: too hard. Me: Possum. It: Opossum. Me: Outback. It: Yonder. What others?
SECOND: Insider/outsider language intrigues me. Blokes who play rugby never call it rugger. Just as the IT department service machines, not computers, I’ve been told. And apparently CIA agents are officers within their walls, never spooks. So what words do outsiders apply to your inner worlds?