(Dear blog, I’ve missed you. I think of you often.)
Grammar Girl on ghost words: “Ghost words are words that weren’t real to begin with—they came about because of an error or misunderstanding—but they made it into the dictionary anyway.”
Syllabus is a ghost word!
Favorite line from this piece: “Thanks to John Racine who made me aware of the word ‘Nihilartikel,’ which likely predates ‘Mountweazel’…”
Well, I mean, yeah. Of course everybody knows that….
Actually, mountweazel is a great word I have just now discovered; it means deliberately invented entries in a dictionary or encyclopaedia.