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15 Jul 2015

(Image credit: Shorpy) 

Last week, we tweeted this:

It’s a great word, and given its meaning it seems plausible that it should have a much more familiar etymological cousin:

A nice idea—but unfortunately the two are unrelated. Hoolybuss is an old Cornish word, dating back to the eighteenth century...

6 Jul 2015

(Image credit: Wikipedia)

Something over on @HaggardHawks caused a bit of a stir the other day:

For once, the main word here wasn’t the problem. Instead, what seems to have caused the most head-scratching was the inclusion of the word jeep as an example of an acronym:

Quite right too, it is a bran...

2 Jun 2015

(Image credit: The Funambulist

!! UPDATE: There’s more on this story (and another 79 like it) in the new HH book, Around the World in 80 Wordsclick here for a sample.  

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So, yesterday we tweeted this:

It’s a surprising one. To most peopl...

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