I know fancy words too… I don’t like to Bloviate about it though.

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Name: Lost for words in the universe of expanding English
Date: 1/28/10
Author: Elizabeth Farrelly

Key Ideas:

  • Vulgarisms – when they are said out of anger, are pathetic. Only when they are gratuitous are they less harsh
  • High vocabulary is nice to have if you want to show off
  • Expansion in the English Language is achieved by skipping to the word, not working your way up to creating it. In her words, ‘leaving holes in the middle’.
  • We shouldn’t use words from other languages to express things that we feel, when there are English words that you can use as well.
Language Features: Word Addition, Informal Language, Swearing, Grammar, Word Formation, Neologisms
Course Aspects: Unit 3 - AoS 2: Formal Language - The nature and function of formal texts, the relationship between the context and the features of language in formal texts, analyse the nature, features and functions of formal texts

Personal Opinion: This woman annoys me to no end. She shows off all her rococo words in this article just to show off all her rococo words! I feel like I could start a diatribe with her to show how vitriolic I can be. I’m pretty pervicacious about this sort of thing, and she basically made an article talking about how many words she knew. Besides that, she makes some good points about how vulgarisms said out of anger are pathetic, and how lots of the new words created today ARE interesting to read and look at.


  • Writers are always gushing over the flex and dexterity of English, the way it hoovers up slang, patois and jargon of all kinds with a voraciousness rivalled only by Catholicism’s sucking-up of billabong religions.
  • English is remarkable. The gushers cite really useful blow-ins like wiki and lolcat (has there ever been a craze so dumb?) but there are many newbies to inspire our thanks. Pixel is one. As in “I’m feeling a little bit pixilated today”. Or muffintop, as in jeans. Snowclone, metrosexual and meme.
  • “You like to impress,” wrote one reader recently, “with your knowledge of every English word on the planet, so I presume you are familiar with ‘hyperbole’.” Familiar? Darling, hyperbole and I are like this!

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