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A Collection of Word Oddities and Trivia

I happened to come across this excellent Paul Dickson-like compilation from Jeff Miller, a teacher at Gulf High School in New Port Richey, Florida.

I’m also reminded of Tim Krabbé’s chess records page.


  1. This is fantastic. So much to enjoy here. Thank you for the link!

  2. Terry says:

    What a treasure trove of time-wasting trivia (“TTTT” or 4T)!

    My favorite so far:

    The earliest known use of OMG is in a 1917 correspondence from British Admiral John Arbuthnot Fisher to Winston Churchill, wherein Fisher excitedly relayed the phrase to his former Royal Navy colleague: “I hear that a new order of Knighthood is on the tapis—O.M.G. (Oh! My God!)—Shower it on the Admiralty!!”

  3. Mark Palko says:

    Check out the Joy of Lex by Gyles Brandreth

  4. Not entirely related to chess, but Krabbe is the author of a beautiful and brilliant autobiographical novella about an amateur bicycle race in southern France, called The Rider. Strong recommend; you’ll read it in an hour or two.

  5. Anonymous says:


    The longest word in the English language is geologically related!

  6. Esad says:


    I find the the unambiguous construction of the genuine german word AASVOGEL in this collection rather beautiful, not ugly! (side: many german words have this property)

    Aas = carcass
    Vogel = bird
    => Aasvogel = vulture, scavenging bird

    On the other side, carcass with its meaning and associations is everything else but beautiful.
    Ugly associations and beautiful word :)

    it is hard to reason about beauty

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