I’m happy to find there’s a site for looking up where these words came from: Online Etymology Dictionary
My Language Arts students started using a personal dictionary in the fall of 2011. It inspired me to do the same. Here it is:
- 10/29/2011 (Dreaming in Code 2) samizdat – (n.) a system of clandestine printing and distribution of dissident or banned literature
Reaction: The definition contains many of my favorite words.
- 10/30/2011 (Dreaming in Code 37) Paeans – def.
- 11/1/2011 (Dreaming in Code 54) exigencies – def.
- 11/2/2011 (Dreaming in Code 72) conclave – def.
- 11/3/2011 (Dreaming in Code 82) propitious – def.
- 11/20/2011 (Objective-C Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide 46) mantissa – (n.) the decimal part of a number
- Reaction: It is weird that I don’t remember hearing this word until today.
- 12/11/2011 (An Online Forum) recidivist – def.
- Original Sentence: New experiences as a recidivist [Firefox] user: The fact that even AdBlock Plus, its element hiding rules and NoScript settings can be synced, has created a new browsing habit for me: Every time I see something useless or ugly on a page, I just mouse over it and CTRL-Shift-S it away. Very addictive, and you always get the small satisfaction of designing your own web.
- 4/6/2012 (An Online Forum) oeuvre – def.
- Original Sentence: One of their greatest album that, among a great oeuvre from a great band!
- 4/27 (An Online Forum) autoantonyms