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Climate Change Acceptance Affected By Word Usage
2013-01-22 21:11:48

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In an op-ed published last month in The New York Times, anthropologists R. Alexander Bentley and Michael J. O´Brien previewed their study, “Word Diffusion and Climate Science” published in the open journal PLOS ONE. In last month´s article, they put forth an excellent explanation of how they studied the popularity of words and terms that rise and fall in the public lexicon. The method they used for...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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