Category Archives: Word Geek

A Yearn to Kern: Fonts Are the Clothes That Words Wear

TypeCon 2008 – a font conference, or as I like to call it, a “font festival”. It was last week and presented by The Society of Typographical Aficionados. [..]

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Animal Tales: What Do Animals Think Of Humans

From the New Yorker, Animal Tales, what do animals think of humans when they’re talking to each other. Example, Dalmatians:  “Hey, look, the truck’s stopping.”   “Did they [..]

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Placeholder Names

Kadigan is a term used to describe placeholder words. The ‘kadigan‘ Wikipedia page is all about placeholders. I LOVE this page. For instance, a few placeholders for ‘People‘: [..]

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The Winning Word Is "guerdon"

Tip of the hat to Sameer Mishra, winner of the 2008 Scripps US National Spelling Bee tonight. His winning word was “guerdon,” a noun with 14th century Middle [..]

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Naughty Librarians Convention (Hurray, Girls in Glasses!)

I guess small towns like Seattle, even though it’s fairly cerebral and book’ish, may never partake in this kind of book event. Good for you San Francisco, hope [..]

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