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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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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 9/13/2019

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Posts - 2576
Comments - 2620
Hits - 2,170,561

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Entries/day - 0.43
Comments/entry - 1.02
Hits/day - 366

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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
6 Sep 2019 Sharpiegate tragedy
30 Aug 2019 nootropic ventriloquism
23 Aug 2019 abecedarian text, textile, tech
16 Aug 2019 laconophilia halcyon
9 Aug 2019 tyromancy hocus pocus, pony up, culprit
2 Aug 2019 nibling torpedo
26 Jul 2019 missing-stair problem ballot
19 Jul 2019 PDF alibi syndrome detergent
5 Jul 2019 hierophany sombrero, umbrella
28 Jun 2019 Osborne Effect [rum] punch
21 Jun 2019 Lusophone, Monegasque [in the] buff
14 Jun 2019 hunky punk canter, gallop
7 Jun 2019 Chewbacca defense Botox, botulism
31 May 2019 improworsement rhapsodist (etc.)
24 May 2019 quondam university
17 May 2019 goropism fifth column
10 May 2019 melt up titch
3 May 2019 996 secretary
25 Apr 2019 shoutcasting nonplussed
19 Apr 2019 Easter egg quotation asunder
12 Apr 2019 bougie, boujee indent
5 Apr 2019 IKEA effect Sistine [chapel]
29 Mar 2019 to roget, rogeted editor, edit
22 Mar 2019 lawnmower parent, snowplow parent spa
15 Mar 2019 Dutch reach cursive, pi
8 Mar 2019 Pegan (diet) cotton
1 Mar 2019 prepone cider
15 Feb 2019 cryptid cheapskate
8 Feb 2019 Kinsley gaffe scapegoat
25 Jan 2019 gray sheep anthrax
18 Jan 2019 beg button fiddle
11 Jan 2019 ICE-ing jalopy
4 Jan 2019 2018 names of the year  
28 Dec 2018 2018 words of the year  
21 Dec 2018 'tisses, 'tissing, 'tisser germ
14 Dec 2018 dwarsligger augur, auger
7 Dec 2018 wackaging taser
30 Nov 2018 Diderot effect penguin
23 Nov 2018 clopen aftermath
Bonus: Black Friday
16 Nov 2018 downasaur cognate
9 Nov 2018 autotrombation pallbearer
2 Nov 2018 ninja rocks marzipan
26 Oct 2018 file drawer problem bachelor
19 Oct 2018 mispronouner [photographic] slide
12 Oct 2018 Voldemorting desire, consider
5 Oct 2018 jingle fallacy, jangle fallacy
(bonus: himpathy, HODL)
strategy
28 Sep 2018 keming, boathouse compound zombie
21 Sep 2018 canoe politics, kayak problem Semitic [languages]
14 Sep 2018 only-read-it-ism, pronunciation anxiety crabapple
7 Sep 2018 chrononutrition klaxon
31 Aug 2018 farkle (n/v) waffle
24 Aug 2018 to fishfood stevedore
17 Aug 2018 stochastic terrorism swashbuckler
10 Aug 2018 scutoid, lemniscate discuss
3 Aug 2018 label-lynching penthouse
27 Jul 2018 gluckschmerz, compersion precision
20 Jul 2018 hallux, dactyloscopy placenta
13 Jul 2018 data void, search void lettuce
6 Jul 2018 asterism sacrifice
29 Jun 2018 thinnernym bias
22 Jun 2018 snaccident litmus (test)
15 Jun 2018 Gell-Mann amnesia effect to eavesdrop
8 Jun 2018 touron umpteen
1 Jun 2018 challenge coin shrapnel
25 May 2018 kenning preening
18 May 2018 privacy of the commons, collateral freedom cahoots
11 May 2018 engineer's disease druthers
4 May 2018 con crash, con crud rubric
27 Apr 2018 nontroversy parole
20 Apr 2018 Silurian Hypothesis box (someone's ears), boxing
13 Apr 2018 cobra effect scuttlebutt, Boston butt
6 Apr 2018 vanity plate (movie/TV) biscuit
30 Mar 2018 to hondle badminton
23 Mar 2018 data sleaze; testilying (movie) score
16 Mar 2018 cakeism frugal
9 Mar 2018 tanking schedule
2 Mar 2018 smishing sewer
23 Feb 2018 ohnosecond hex, spell
16 Feb 2018 pelf attic
9 Feb 2018 sneckdown (neckdown) magazine
2 Feb 2018 petextrian; finsta (rinsta, sinsta) nachos
26 Jan 2018 spite mound (bum) steer
19 Jan 2018 girther, kettle logic polo
12 Jan 2018 kittenfishing, micro-cheating confidence man (con man, to con)
5 Jan 2018 groyper palace
29 Dec 2017 porch pirate canary
22 Dec 2017 (to be) boat-raced ukelele, thug
15 Dec 2017 spoon banditry, sealioning eggnog
8 Dec 2017 Smullin's Principle trifecta
1 Dec 2017 ultracrepidarian janitor
24 Nov 2017 kitbashing sheriff
17 Nov 2017 Cletus safari Molotov cocktail
10 Nov 2017 Weinstein test, volkswagened smithereens
3 Nov 2017 chrestomathy mastodon
27 Oct 2017 frass, hick-hop shot (to drink)
20 Oct 2017 koumpounophobia, trypophobia, copypasta, manipulink thesaurus
13 Oct 2017 snipe (Navy slang), toilet palsy moxie
22 Sep 2017 scrotox story (for building floor)
15 Sep 2017 to ladysplain akimbo
8 Sep 2017 stylometry, slugify yacht
1 Sep 2017 psychomachia burglar
25 Aug 2017 amathia to sic
18 Aug 2017 Milkshake Duck, [screaming] snake case bead
11 Aug 2017 Jevons Paradox; cryptographic deletion [kitchen] counter
4 Aug 2017 Ringelmann Effect parchment
28 Jul 2017 deadname, ROFLcopter adolescent/adult
21 Jul 2017 hedge city umbrella
14 Jul 2017 blue lie dilapidated, to post
30 Jun 2017 shako, mistress dispeller grocer/groceries, scone
23 Jun 2017 odonym sabotage
16 Jun 2017 klecksography curfew
9 Jun 2017 stan (n/v), chapeaugraphy Australia
2 Jun 2017 vade mecum sneeze
26 May 2017 iatromisia constable, peach
19 May 2017 buycott adobe
12 May 2017 haptic karaoke, orrery
5 May 2017 curb squatting calculate, calculus
28 Apr 2017 zemblanity arctic, companion
21 Apr 2017 anarthrous/arthrous tulip
7 Apr 2017 Billy Graham rule, stolen valor, Rückenfigur eclipse, squirrel
31 Mar 2017 rent-seeking, pogonophobia subpoena
10 Mar 2017 benevolent deception, labor illusion stir-crazy
3 Mar 2017 sologamy, sequela conundrum
24 Feb 2017 trilemma tire, whip (to mean car)
17 Feb 2017 shitgibbon compound stereotype, cliché
10 Feb 2017 Brandolini's Law bayonet
3 Feb 2017 vertical farming diabetes
28 Jan 2017 economic moat sofa
20 Jan 2017 outrage porn, rage profiteer gun
14 Jan 2017 wikidrift, to white-label myriad
31 Dec 2016 supertentorial flan
16 Dec 2016 scrollytelling, stepper collard [greens]
9 Dec 2016 thagomizer infant
2 Dec 2016 Trumpgrets quicksand
25 Nov 2016 Thucydides Trap, autolysis butter
18 Nov 2016 precrastinate baguette
11 Nov 2016 Norman door bacteria
4 Nov 2016 cheerleader effect jaywalking
29 Oct 2016 patriot correctness, cistrionics, retrobituary bazooka
14 Oct 2016 tofu (typographic), isarithmic tennis
30 Sep 2016 Droste effect idiot
23 Sep 2016 striminal, hebdomadal debunk
16 Sep 2016 retroediting, hyperlexia, fuckeulogy triumph
9 Sep 2016 calligram, MAMIL booze, grape
2 Sep 2016 gongoozler terrycloth
26 Aug 2016 sickboating code
19 Aug 2016 wind throb geyser, cemetery
12 Aug 2016 drunkorexia, Liebig's law lemonade
5 Aug 2016 faxlore/xeroxlore, depave bumper [crop]
22 Jul 2016 conformist distinction candidate, toga
15 Jul 2016 Null Island [cattle] rustling
1 Jul 2016 RAT (remote access Trojan), ratting club soda
24 Jun 2016 Mendoza Line, Ephus pitch praline
17 Jun 2016 SLAPP, HiPPO symposium
10 Jun 2016 mathwashing dative
27 May 2016 bus factor kibosh
20 May 2016 gene-whiz science, web brutalism [steel] mill
13 May 2016 semantic satiation chickpea, ceci bean, garbanzo
6 May 2016 monotasking [pass the] bar/bar [association]
29 Apr 2016 polypharmacy [game of] craps
22 Apr 2016 whataboutery simmer
15 Apr 2016 sexposition conk (v), noggin
8 Apr 2016 lig, ligging, ligger corny [joke]
1 Apr 2016 confirmshaming traffic
25 Mar 2016 Scunthorpe problem van
18 Mar 2016 bangorrhea innocent, disappoint
11 Mar 2016 like-farming, Witzelsucht adrenaline
4 Mar 2016 catio, qubit lavender
26 Feb 2016 virtue signaling bangs
19 Feb 2016 misophonia, legislative history ham [radio]
12 Feb 2016 boggle threshold silver
5 Feb 2016 Overton window February
28 Jan 2016 nocebo effect magnet
22 Jan 2016 bandwagon fan, transcreation marmalade
15 Jan 2016 Dobler-Dahmer Theory head (bathroom), poop deck
8 Jan 2016 Mary Sue cult
1 Jan 2016 she shed soccer
25 Dec 2015 carol, mistletoe
18 Dec 2015 machete order pretzel
11 Dec 2015 zarf cynic
4 Dec 2015 frexting boysenberry
27 Nov 2015 Vera turkey
20 Nov 2015 Graygler thing
13 Nov 2015 schooly poodle, basset hound, dachshund
5 Nov 2015 north star enthrall
29 Oct 2015 cuberhood [military] tank

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