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  • Could you give an example of this word used in a sentence?

    July 10, 2007

  • Hmm.. Maybe it would be useful to be able to specify the part of speech?, so that we can list homophonous nouns and verbs separately?

    July 10, 2007

  • Xerox is often used as a verb; much like Kleenex is often used as a common noun. These usages don't seem to have caused any trademark infringement suits to be brought against the English language. If people find "to google" to be a useful word, then I say use it!

    December 9, 2006

  • is unintentional lithobraking. But only when applied to unmanned probes of course. And preferably not extremely expensive ones.

    See the Wikipedia link if you are confused.

    December 9, 2006

  • I never really thought about rock the same way after learning this word. It also reminds me of another fun word I learned recently: lithobraking.

    If you want to read a something that uses the word lithosphere a lot, along with many other geological terms, I recommend the Red Mars series by Kim Stanley Robinson.

    December 9, 2006

  • My worst pet peeve when it comes to language is the use of the word acronym. I often hear it used to describe any kind of abbreviation - when its original usage actually refers to an abbreviation that itself is pronounced as a word.

    I realize that some of the dictionary definitions linked here give both definitions; and I grant that acronym is an awesome word, so I can understand why people would want to use it more often. But it makes me sad to hear the meaningful distinction between these two words disappear.

    December 9, 2006

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