“syllabus” is a ghost word

(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.

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