Christmas Words

Here’s some posts from the Oxford Dictionary site, starting with the words for Father Christmas from around the world. Have fun with the interactive map:

http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2014/12/santa-around-world-interactive-map-holiday-gift-givers/

Twelve Christmas words – it includes a fart so you can spring this on the kids.

http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2014/12/twelve-words-christmas/

And some words that came to life 100 years ago. I don’t believe ice skates are that new.

http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2014/12/10-words-came-life-100-years-ago-1914/

and here’s my favourite: a timeline of words for drunken. That is a concept that is well embedded in Britain. Our ancestors have been carousing in winter for a very long time. Or maybe it’s so embedded they’ve forgotten, like the ’60s if you remember it you weren’t there. Should have a mythology like the Eskimo’s collection of words for snow.

http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2015/01/drunk-synonyms-timeline/

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