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I'm Mike Pope. I live in the Seattle area. I've been a technical writer and editor for over 30 years. I'm interested in software, language, music, movies, books, motorcycles, travel, and ... well, lots of stuff.

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Dates
First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 12/8/2017

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Posts - 2465
Comments - 2568
Hits - 2,005,917

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Entries/day - 0.47
Comments/entry - 1.04
Hits/day - 380

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  10:30 AM

Every Friday, more or less, I add a post here that talks about a new word and an etymology. The new word is only warranted to be new to me; it's pretty rare that the word is new-new, and in fact it might be quite old. For the etymology, I focus on word origins that are surprising (to me) or delightful (to me).

As a quick reference for you and for me, here's a list of everything I've posted.

Date Word(s) Unexpected etymology
8 Dec 2017Smullin's Principletrifecta
1 Dec 2017ultracrepidarianjanitor
24 Nov 2017kitbashingsheriff
17 Nov 2017Cletus safariMolotov cocktail
10 Nov 2017Weinstein test, volkswagenedsmithereens
3 Nov 2017chrestomathymastodon
27 Oct 2017frass, hick-hopshot (to drink)
20 Oct 2017koumpounophobia, trypophobia, copypasta, manipulinkthesaurus
13 Oct 2017snipe (Navy slang), toilet palsymoxie
22 Sep 2017scrotoxstory (for building floor)
15 Sep 2017to ladysplainakimbo
8 Sep 2017stylometry, slugifyyacht
1 Sep 2017psychomachiaburglar
25 Aug 2017amathiato sic
18 Aug 2017Milkshake Duck, [screaming] snake casebead
11 Aug 2017Jevons Paradox; cryptographic deletion[kitchen] counter
4 Aug 2017Ringelmann Effectparchment
28 Jul 2017deadname, ROFLcopteradolescent/adult
21 Jul 2017hedge cityumbrella
14 Jul 2017blue liedilapidated, to post
30 Jun 2017shako, mistress dispellergrocer/groceries, scone
23 Jun 2017odonymsabotage
16 Jun 2017klecksographycurfew
9 Jun 2017stan (n/v), chapeaugraphyAustralia
2 Jun 2017vade mecumsneeze
26 May 2017iatromisiaconstable, peach
19 May 2017buycottadobe
12 May 2017haptickaraoke, orrery
5 May 2017curb squattingcalculate, calculus
28 Apr 2017zemblanityarctic, companion
21 Apr 2017anarthrous/arthroustulip
7 Apr 2017Billy Graham rule, stolen valor, Rückenfigureclipse, squirrel
31 Mar 2017rent-seeking, pogonophobiasubpoena
10 Mar 2017benevolent deception, labor illusionstir-crazy
3 Mar 2017sologamy, sequelaconundrum
24 Feb 2017trilemmatire, whip (to mean car)
17 Feb 2017shitgibbon compoundstereotype, cliché
10 Feb 2017Brandolini's Lawbayonet
3 Feb 2017vertical farmingdiabetes
28 Jan 2017economic moatsofa
20 Jan 2017outrage porn, rage profiteergun
14 Jan 2017wikidrift, to white-labelmyriad
31 Dec 2016supertentorialflan
16 Dec 2016scrollytelling, steppercollard [greens]
9 Dec 2016thagomizerinfant
2 Dec 2016Trumpgretsquicksand
25 Nov 2016Thucydides Trap, autolysisbutter
18 Nov 2016precrastinatebaguette
11 Nov 2016Norman doorbacteria
4 Nov 2016cheerleader effectjaywalking
29 Oct 2016patriot correctness, cistrionics, retrobituarybazooka
14 Oct 2016tofu (typographic), isarithmictennis
30 Sep 2016Droste effectidiot
23 Sep 2016striminal, hebdomadaldebunk
16 Sep 2016retroediting, hyperlexia, fuckeulogytriumph
9 Sep 2016calligram, MAMILbooze, grape
2 Sep 2016gongoozlerterrycloth
26 Aug 2016sickboatingcode
19 Aug 2016wind throbgeyser, cemetery
12 Aug 2016drunkorexia, Liebig's lawlemonade
5 Aug 2016faxlore/xeroxlore, depavebumper [crop]
22 Jul 2016conformist distinctioncandidate, toga
15 Jul 2016Null Island[cattle] rustling
1 Jul 2016RAT (remote access Trojan), rattingclub soda
24 Jun 2016Mendoza Line, Ephus pitchpraline
17 Jun 2016SLAPP, HiPPOsymposium
10 Jun 2016mathwashingdative
27 May 2016bus factorkibosh
20 May 2016gene-whiz science, web brutalism[steel] mill
13 May 2016semantic satiationchickpea, ceci bean, garbanzo
6 May 2016monotasking[pass the] bar/bar [association]
29 Apr 2016polypharmacy[game of] craps
22 Apr 2016whatabouterysimmer
15 Apr 2016sexpositionconk (v), noggin
8 Apr 2016lig, ligging, liggercorny [joke]
1 Apr 2016confirmshamingtraffic
25 Mar 2016Scunthorpe problemvan
18 Mar 2016bangorrheainnocent, disappoint
11 Mar 2016like-farming, Witzelsuchtadrenaline
4 Mar 2016catio, qubitlavender
26 Feb 2016virtue signalingbangs
19 Feb 2016misophonia, legislative historyham [radio]
12 Feb 2016boggle thresholdsilver
5 Feb 2016Overton windowFebruary
28 Jan 2016nocebo effectmagnet
22 Jan 2016bandwagon fan, transcreationmarmalade
15 Jan 2016Dobler-Dahmer Theoryhead (bathroom), poop deck
8 Jan 2016Mary Suecult
1 Jan 2016she shedsoccer
25 Dec 2015 carol, mistletoe
18 Dec 2015machete orderpretzel
11 Dec 2015zarfcynic
4 Dec 2015frextingboysenberry
27 Nov 2015Veraturkey
20 Nov 2015Grayglerthing
13 Nov 2015schoolypoodle, basset hound, dachshund
5 Nov 2015north starenthrall
29 Oct 2015cuberhood[military] tank

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