from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The killing of a word, in a figurative sense; perversion of a word from its proper meaning, as in punning.
  • n. One who kills a word or words.


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  • JM is, like, upset, like, about, like, verbicide.

    March 24, 2011

  • Sounds like you're doing away with your pasta.

    December 18, 2007

  • Apparently, willful disregard for the meaning of a word, or using it in such a way, a distorter, a wormtongue. And, in that wonderful way -cide words often have, refers to the person who does so as well.

    However, when I first saw it, I thought of linguicide, which figures heavy in efforts to combat language extinction.

    December 18, 2007