Tag Archives | Definition

…Some delicacies are cruel and controversial?


Each culture has a different definition of the word delicacy, but some are more cruel and controversial than others.

Trifter has gathered up The 8 Most Cruel & Controversial World Delicacies into one list, but unless you’ve got a strong stomach, you might want to skip this one, as most of these are definitely not PG13.

You’ve been warned.

[Trifter – The 8 Most Cruel & Controversial World Delicacies]

…Meters have changed?


Though we usually assume that distances are fixed (a mile is a mile is a mile) the official definition of a meter has changed numerous times through out history.

Each time, the definition of a meter became more precise, but it also changed slightly from the previous definition, allowing for less and less of the variation inherent in each measuring system.

Bonus: The only three countries not currently using the metric system: Liberia, Myanmar, and the United States.

[Good Magazine – Weights And Measures]

[Via: swissmiss]

…You need a verbotomy?


Verbotomy, “an online game that challenges people to invent words, create definitions for them, and use them in sentences”, draws it inspiration for this week’s words from Overclocked, a collection of short stories by Cory Doctorow. With words like Meemcream, a combination of meme (a cultural item transmitted by repetition) and cream (to froth; foam) and Digivalry, a combination of digital and chivalry, you’ll surely find at least a few words to add to your daily vernacular. It’s plagiarific.


[Via: Overclocked]