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Logophile Tuesday – Verbal Irony

Logophile Tuesday – Verbal Irony

Perhaps my favorite form of wordplay is clever verbal irony. That is, simple phrases that are internally contradictory in delightfully evocative ways. Douglas Adams introduced me to the joy of this in the »

Logophile Tuesday – Contronyms

Logophile Tuesday – Contronyms

A few weeks ago, I complained that “literally” had lost its original meaning and was now its own antonym. Thanks to fellow language lovers, I learned there is a word for that: contronym. A contronym is a word that is its own opposite. While I was aware of “literally,” and it annoyed me, there were many more that I had not considered. Here for your pondering pleasure, a shor... »

Design Diaries – Gambit

Design Diaries – Gambit

Yesterday I talked a bit about how very ridiculous the original costume for Gambit was. Today I will talk about recreating the train wreck of a thing. There is a reason that the Gambit that showed up in the Wolverine movie looked nothing like the original. The original costume would look ludicrous on screen. It does not translate to the physical world very well at all. Why they chose to replace th... »

Gambit – Best Worst Costume Ever

Gambit – Best Worst Costume Ever

A couple of weeks ago, my plan to write this post was unseated by a pressing need to comment on the rather more temporally relevant news that Thor is going to be a Lady. Now that nerdsplosion has passed, I can get back to something really important: 90s Gambit. Gambit was my favorite X-man as a kid. He was witty, charming, roguish, and involved in the sort tragically doomed romance with Rogue that... »

Logophile Tuesday – Proofreading

Logophile Tuesday – Proofreading

Anne passed me a little poetic performance Taylor Mali that belongs in our collection of linguistic ruminations. It is a careful reflection on the impotence of proofreading. Enjoy. »

wordcrimes

Logophile Tuesday – Word Crimes

Over the last couple weeks, my first and greatest musical love, Weird Al Yankovic released eight new videos to promote his new album Mandatory Fun. Among them was Word Crimes, a delightful tour of linguistic pedantry. Share and enjoy. »

Thor is a Lady! Let’s Complain About It!

Thor is a Lady! Let’s Complain About It!

Marvel has announced that Thor is now going to be a lady. No no, hold on. Not that Thor. That’s still Chris Hemsworth. Let’s not get crazy. They’re just making the Thor of the comic books. You remember, right? Those colorful little picture filled things made of mashed trees? They’re changing that one into a lady person. While the cynic in me expects that this is just a mark... »

Logophile Tuesdays: Could you care less?

Logophile Tuesdays: Could you care less?

Language is a fluid and evolving thing with meaning and usage changing at the merciless whims of fashion, culture, and time. There are some words and phrases, though, that have mutated into hideous monstrosoties and should be culled from the collective consciousness. “Literally” has been abused so violently in big fish stories that it almost unusable for its original purpose. Once valu... »

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