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The Brexit referendum in the UK has spawned a number of new portmanteaus.
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From TEOTWAWKI to hoyay: words on the radar


Which words are our lexicographers looking carefully at right now? Well, all and any of them, of course – but there are some…

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“To scrutinize the trivial can be to discover the monumental.”

Henry Petroski

(1942– )

American engineer and author

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The -ee suffix is typically added to a verb to form a noun denoting a person who is affected by the action expressed by the verb.
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Escapee or escaper? Investigating –ee suffixes (and why they’re not always obvious)


‘-ee means something happens to you; -er means you do something: so employee, invitee (if you must), refugee but attender,…