The first book generally regarded as the first English dictionary was written as Robert Cawdrey, a schoolmaster and former Church of England clergyman, in 1604.
The term “lawn mullet” refers to a neatly manicured front yard with an unmowed mess in the back.
The German word kummerspeck means excess weight gained from emotional overeating. Literally, grief bacon.
A milliHelen is the quantity of beauty required to launch just one ship.
That thing you use to dot your lowercase “i” is called a tittle.
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.