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In our brand-new series, called 'Stories behind Words', over on Macmillan Dictionary Blog, regular and new contributors will share their stories throughout the year about words (or phrases) which have had an impact on their lives.
Freelance lexicographer, dictionary editor, and reference book author Andrew Delahunty shares his story of the word blagrant:
… My father, who was an exuberant talker and storyteller, used to conflate words, creating inadvertent coinages on the fly in the middle of a conversation or anecdote. He tended not to notice that he'd done it, but my brothers and I, and Mum, would pounce on them with glee.
One time he mentioned someone's razier-like wit, presumably wit as sharp as both a razor and a rapier simultaneously. On another occasion he described a group of late-night revellers as legloose, a lovely, carefree, loose-limbed, slightly squiffy mixture of footloose and legless. … read more
a substance that scientists think exists out in space, but for which they have no direct proof
… to reveal a small part of your intentions in order to attract support, without actually committing yourself to doing anythingadd a word
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