Words I learned in 2008


  1. #1 Comrade PhysioProf
    December 31, 2008

    I knew five of those: picayune, exabyte, tsuris, ceteris paribus, and mutatis mutandis.

  2. #2 mdvlist
    December 31, 2008

    I only know 4 of those– time to educate myself, I guess!

  3. #3 Lo5an
    December 31, 2008

    Have you seen Wordie ? The site motto is, “Like Flickr, but without the photos.” It sort of a social network for making and sharing word lists.

  4. #4 Jessica Palmer
    December 31, 2008

    PP, of course you know those last two. 😉

  5. #5 Emory K.
    December 31, 2008

    There used to be a Southern-regional cigarette brand called Picayune. One of the few (only?) American cigarettes made with the powerfully strong-smelling caporal tobacco. Sort of an American Gauloise cigarette for Southerners. My uncle used to smoke Picayunes, even after the brand became quite rare.

    There’s also a Picayune, Mississippi, and the quite well-known Times-Picayune daily newspaper in New Orleans.

    Heteroskedasticity OUGHT to mean “a tendency to skedaddle for a variety of reasons.”

  6. #6 Jessica Palmer
    December 31, 2008

    Indeed, Emory – I’d heard of the Times-Picayune and always thought “Picayune” was a proper noun! This year I learned it’s also an adjective.

    Lo5an, love the website recc!

  7. #7 Thomas
    January 1, 2009

    Can’t believe you haven’t learned more words — sure you haven’t left lots of words out. I learn a new word almost every day!
    Happy New Year!

  8. #8 Comrade PhysioProf
    January 1, 2009

    PP, of course you know those last two. 😉

    Indeed! My Latin is impeccable.

  9. #9 Jessica Palmer
    January 1, 2009

    Thomas – these are just those words I learned which are not proper nouns, not mere technical jargon, and that I could remember long enough to record in a post when I got back to the laptop. 😉 I’m sure there are many more that slipped my mind before I could write them down. But I still think it’s fun to keep track of as many as I can each year.

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