Lost Vehicles

The recent removal of the word “charabanc” from the Collins dictionary (see http://blog.dictionary.com/obsolete-words/) sent me on a reverie that included the lexicological demise of so many other vehicles from the past. Oh, we will never lose “chariot” or “stagecoach” or even “buggy” for they are firmly entrenched in literature. But…

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longrun

longrun = in the long run; adverb, similar in usage to eventually, finally, ultimately; < shortening of the phrase “in the long run” examples: Longrun, booksellers who sell online will do much better than those who don’t. Allowing the currency to float will longrun stabilize the country’s economy. Concomitantly, shortrun…

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agelous

French: agélaste = Greek prefix a- (no) [as in aphonia = without voice; acephalous = no head] & Greek gelos (laugh). = without laughter; descriptive of someone who does not know how to laugh, or cannot laugh. English: agelous (pronounced ə / ʒɛ´/ ləs; or perhaps a´/ ʒə / ləs)…

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chronophage

chronophage = Greek kronos (time) & phage Greek phagein (eat) = devourer of time; time waster; bore. Time-consuming. examples: Mary, stop obsessing about your lost love. Don’t you realize people are avoiding you because you’ve become such a chronophage! I don’t like your friends.  They’re such chronophages that they suck the…

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