Word of the Day

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter egg

[ ee-ster eg ]

noun

a hidden message, as a cryptic reference, iconic image, or inside joke, that fans are intended to discover in a television show or movie.

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What is the origin of Easter egg?

Easter egg, in the sense “a hidden message, reference, or inside joke that fans are intended to discover in a piece of software, television show, or movie,” is meant to invoke the traditional Easter egg hunt and dates from the mid-1980s. The original sense of Easter egg dates from the 16th century.

how is Easter egg used?

Peele, who also wrote the film, also packed his film with funny, bizarre, and meaningful Easter eggs and references.

Yohana Desta, "5 Chilling Things You Didn't Notice About Get Out the First Time Around," Vanity Fair, March 6, 2017

Wade is one of the many, likely millions, who take part in a new game for earnest stakes: a competition to find three Easter eggs, or embedded tricks, in a virtual game.

Richard Brody, "Steven Spielberg's Oblivious, Chilling Pop-Culture Nostalgia in 'Ready Player One'," The New Yorker, April 2, 2018
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Saturday, April 20, 2019

exodus

[ ek-suh-duhs ]

noun

a going out; a departure or emigration, usually of a large number of people: the summer exodus to the country and shore.

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What is the origin of exodus?

Exodus dates from Old English times: the English abbot and scholar Aelfric Grammaticus (“Aelfric the Grammarian,” c955–c1020) writes the sentence sēo ōther bōc is Exodus gehāten “The second book (of the Bible) is called Exodus.” The Old English noun comes straight from Latin Latin exodus, a direct borrowing of Greek éxodos “a going out, a march, military expedition.” Éxodos is the Greek title, not a translation, of the opening words of the Hebrew text, wě ʾēlleh shěmōth “And these (are) the names.”

how is exodus used?

The California exodus has been far more significant in the more lightly populated states of the West, where people born in California now represent a huge share of the population.

Nate Cohn, "The California Exodus," New York Times, August 14, 2014

Signs point to an exodus. A study published earlier this month suggests that senior civil servants leave in droves during the first year of a new administration.

Andrew McGill, "The Coming Exodus of Career Civil Servants," The Atlantic, December 28, 2016
Friday, April 19, 2019

yealing

[ yee-lin ]

noun

Scot.

a person of the same age as oneself.

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What is the origin of yealing?

Yealing “a contemporary, a coeval” is a word of uncertain etymology, used by only three Scottish poets: Allan Ramsay (1686–1758), Robert Burns (1759–1796), and Robert Couper (1750–1818). Yealing entered English in the 18th century.

how is yealing used?

Oh ye, my dear-remember’d ancient yealings, / Were ye but here to share my wounded feelings!

Robert Burns, "The Brigs of Ayr," Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect, Edinburgh Edition, 1787

His bonny, various, yeelin‘ frien’s / Cam a’ in bourrochs there ….

Robert Couper, "Macguldrochiana," Poetry Chiefly in the Scottish Language, 1804

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