A “contronym” is a word that’s it’s own opposite.
The word “strengths” is the longest word in the English language with only one vowel.
Cartoonist Mort Walker, creator of Beetle Bailey, came up with names for the things we often see in comics and cartoons: “briffit” is the dust cloud a character makes when he runs away quickly; “plewds” are the beads of sweat when a character is under duress; and “grawlix” are symbols such as “#@*%” that stand in for curse words.
The words “laser” and “radar” are actually acronyms. LASER stands for “Light Amplifications by Stimulated Emission of Radiation”. RADAR stands for “Radio Detection And Ranging”.
No word yet if they are rooted in White Supremacy.
The word “y’all” dates back to 1631.
A mash-up of two words to make a new word (such as breakfast and lunch into brunch, or motel from motor and hotel) is called a portmanteau.
In the 16th century, poets exchanged rap battle-like stylized insults in an act called “flyting.”
The punctuation mark ?! is called an interrobang.
A “jiffy” is an actual unit of time.
The glow around the moon is called a “broch.”