Tuesday, April 25, 2006

English as a foreign language

Ever wondered about the exact process by which unpleasant neologisms make it into the dictionary?

Some creative genius has set up a blog with the express purpose of getting Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary to accept the world 'concept' as a verb. As in, "OK, guys, let's concept these ideas for the Argos campaign." Thanks to Adrants for running this one up the flagpole and seeing who moons it.

On a more cheerful note, go to Tangents and see how it's possible to get Samuel Beckett and early-80's synth-pop into the same, um, concept. (It's OK, it's a noun.) Also, the Chinese army will now be refusing entry not just to junkies, lardies and tattoo freaks, but also to snorers.

On a less cheerful note, I've just discovered that I have seen and enjoyed every single nominee for Best Picture at the MTV Movie Awards. Am I 12 years old or something?


patroclus said...

You'd have thought that any creative type worth their salt would have chosen something a bit swankier than a standard Blogger template for their campaign. And the dreaded black background one, as well! Tsk!

Tim Footman said...

I fiddled around with backgrounds, until Small Boo sagely pointed out that white goes with Snow (as in Cultural).

It's the polka dot one that I can't be doing with.