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Author Topic: Merrian-Webster Time Traveler - Web Source for Period Vocabulary  (Read 1232 times)
RJBowman
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« on: February 13, 2018, 02:25:20 am »

My latest find:
https://www.merriam-webster.com/time-traveler/1828

Enter any year and get a list of words that first appeared in print that year.
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NoirMagus
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« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2018, 10:21:40 am »

That's fantabulous. Thanks for sharing.
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Sorontar
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« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2018, 11:53:18 pm »

Thanks for that. My wife gave me a moustache-shaped blackboard and I have decided to use the M-W to find a weekly 'rare' word to put on it to see if I can bewilder my workmates (well, make them look up the word anyway). My first one is 'dendroid', a word that has nothing to do with dens or droids.
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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2018, 06:31:43 pm »

I'm a bit late but thank you! What a wonderful resource for writers.
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RJBowman
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« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2018, 08:57:25 pm »

Funny thing though; many of the words listed are still in common use today. Maybe there needs to be an opposite word listing, which would offer all the words that were once common, but last appeared in print that year.
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Sorontar
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« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2018, 02:24:10 pm »

Maybe, but my moustache word for this week is 'graupel' (first recorded in 1889). I must say I have never heard of that one in current usage (or maybe it is because I live in the Southern Antipodes).
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RJBowman
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« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2018, 07:07:59 pm »

Maybe, but my moustache word for this week is 'graupel' (first recorded in 1889). I must say I have never heard of that one in current usage (or maybe it is because I live in the Southern Antipodes).

I've never heard the word before, but Google NGram Viewer says that the word's usage peaked in the 1950's, but enjoyed a resurgence in the last two decades of the century.

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=graupel&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Cgraupel%3B%2Cc0
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Hurricane Annie
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« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2018, 12:17:38 am »

At home, growing up, we had a big blue copy of a Merriam Webster  dictionary  written in  the 30s and published after the war.  There was  an additional words added  section  that  added the  WW2    words.

 It was very quaint, with definitions such as "living off a woman's immoral earnings"   and " for a man to abuse himself".
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Banfili
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« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2018, 07:39:06 am »

We didn't have that one, but we did have a 12" thick Webster's - I think I wore it out! Now I subscribe to the Oxford Word-of-the-Day, and was subscribed by a friend to another word-a-day service!
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