This month, words and trivia Twitter account @HaggardHawks turns one year old. Since December 2013, we've been tweeting obscure words, surprising etymologies and bizarre linguistic facts every day, covering everything from abature (that's the trail of trampled grass an animal leaves behind it) and abligurition [...]
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were nicknamed foggy-toddlers in 18th century England.
is the fear of dolls and puppets.
have been called chickens since the 14th century.
4. A monepic sentence
is one that contains a single word.
5. The distance between your thumb and the opposite side of your hand when it's extended is called the shaftment
6. In 16th century English, twirk
(spelled with an E, not an I) meant "to twist the hairs of a moustache."
7. The word creosote
literally means "flesh-preserver."
8. The feeling of calmness or contentedness that follows a pleasant dream is called euneirophrenia
9. The word comet
comes from a Greek word meaning "long-haired star."
10. To dismantle
originally meant "to remove a cloak."
11. In its earliest known written record, the English alphabet had 29 letters.Cont...