last update: 14 July 2020
This webpage is home to meanings of unusual words, which can be loanwords, blend words, calques, portmanteaus, the odd retronyms, the very occasional apocopation and buzzword, and just words that mean different things in American and English.
A 'partner' webpage is 'New Words - New Definitions', which I view as including the way ordinary words are given different, special meanings.
Abuzz - Charles Dickens is credited with the first written use of this adjective, in his 1859 novel "A Tale of Two Cities"
Addle - one meaning was cattle urine or liquid manure, and it is at the origin of the expression "addle brain" as a foolish of dull-witted person
Lets just start with loanwords
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Bowdlerisation (expurgation) - a form of censorship by purging anything offensive from a work