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Wednesday 29 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Words

Last year
# Influence
'Mack has really stepped up as a leader. The Six Nations was unbelievable for him'
Connacht hooker Dave Heffernan and co. enjoyed a crucial win in Italy ahead of their Leinster clashes.
All time
# dictionary dilemmas
Quiz: How much do you know about the origins of words?
Latin, Greek… Shakespeare?
# Regret
'At a time Joe needed support, I felt I'd done the opposite. It was never my intention'
Rory Best has expressed his regret about comments he made in the wake of Ireland’s World Cup exit.
# Gaeilge
From fidget spinner to spooning: Over 3,000 new Irish words are created every year
There are a few words that could have been used for Brexit: Breatimeacht, Sasamach, or Bréalú.
# define
Supremacist, Nazi, racist: Do you know the difference?
We’ve cleared some of the confusion around terms used to (correctly and incorrectly) describe right-wing politics.
# mic drop
Brexit beats Trumpism and throwing shade to be named 'word of the year'
According to Collins, anyway.
# Use Your Words
Yolo, moobs and Oompa Loompa among 1,200 words added into Oxford English Dictionary
Some 1,200 new words have been included in the latest edition of the Oxford English Dictionary.
# stall it
11 words that have a totally different meaning if you grew up in Ireland
# Sketch
17 words that have a completely different meaning if you grew up in Ireland
“The bang off that yoke”.
# all the words
This portrait of Trump is made entirely out of the presidential candidate's offensive comments
The artist said, “What [Trump] says is ridiculous but who he is now is very dangerous, it’s quite scary.”
# caught rabid
Oxford Dictionaries was forced to apologise for this 'sexist' dictionary definition
The dictionary’s definition of the word ‘rabid’ has courted controversy.
# bleedin deadly
11 words that just sound better in a Dublin accent
# bae
9 words and phrases it's unacceptable for Irish people to say
In 2016, eliminate ‘on fleek’ from your vocabulary.
# Bad Language
9 words you've never heard that perfectly describe your life
@Words is a new Twitter account you should probably be following.
# put a spell on you
How Good Are You At Spelling The Words Most People Get Wrong?
These are the everyday ones that trip people up. Can you manage them?
# bobbinragel
9 emotions and feelings we urgently need words for
Crying, but specifically on an airplane.
# totes ridic
You can now use 'lolz' and 'obvs' in Scrabble
People are freaking out.
# say it right
9 word pronunciations Irish people need the world to know about
Take note, world.
# banished
Language group names 'swag', 'bae' and 'curated' as words to be banished in 2015
Sorry, bae.
# Down with the kids
Ever wanted to search for something using emojis? Now you can*
*Provided you use Bing, that is.
Column: How social media is changing language
Pay attention to discussions in your social networks and you can spot emerging new words, new uses of words — and maybe even coin one yourself.
# Say what?
7 everyday items you're definitely calling the wrong name
And you hadn’t the clue, the entire damn time.
# very punny
This hashtag will provide your daily dose of groan-worthy puns
Just let yourself go. Embrace the punnage.
# i put a spell on you
7 annoyingly tricky words and tips to help you spell them
Autocorrect has ruined us. But it’s not too late.
Column: What does ‘I love you’ mean?
I am Spanish. My husband is American. The first time I realised emotion words may not mean the same thing in different languages was when he first told me “I love you”, writes Cristina Soriano.
# Review
Here's what the French newspapers are saying after Ireland's win in Paris
We’ve scanned the pages of Midi Olympique, L’Équipe and Aujourd’hui en France to find out what they’re talking about.
# le match
Here's what the French papers are saying about tomorrow's showdown in Paris
We’ve taken a look at what they’re writing in Midi Olympique, L’Équipe and Le Parisien.
# Words
Here are 9 really weird sentences that are perfectly accurate
Trust us.
# superfluity of nuns
13 of the English language's most delightful collective nouns
A wunch of bankers?
# Annoying
8 things you're definitely sick of hearing by now
Deck the halls with – SHUT UP.
# Awkward
‘He tickled Bertie’s belly’: Here’s what Colm Keaveney used to say about Fianna Fáil
“This rampant corruption of many of Fianna Fáil’s members and public representatives is part of the philosophy of tolerance that existed within that party,” Keaveney told the Dáil in June 2012.
8 words that have lost all meaning in modern life
Like, literally.
# Famous words
My favourite speech: Taoiseach Enda Kenny
To coincide with the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death, Enda Kenny picks the former US president’s 1963 address to Leinster House as his favourite speech.
# Famous words
My favourite speech: Micheál Martin
To coincide with the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death, Micheál Martin picks the former US president’s 1962 address to students at Rice University in Texas.
# Fighting Talk
Quigley and Ward relaxed ahead of their World Championship semi finals
The pair spoke to Kenny Egan.
Column: Strong language – can we ever 'reclaim' slurs and terms of abuse?
After Tottenham fans were cautioned over the use of their traditional ‘yid army’ chant, Christie Louise Tucker writes that we are constantly renegotiating the use of language in our ever-evolving society.
# essentials
48 names for things you didn't know had names
Do you have a Googleganger?
# rage
12 words that should be banned from all social networks
OK, a couple of them are actually phrases.
# I have a dream
My favourite speech: Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness
Continuing our summer series on of public figures’ favourite speeches, Martin McGuinness picks perhaps the most famous speech of all time.
Column: Sexism in Leinster House is alive and well
Two male politicians showed how sexism can come in many forms – post-modern with an ironic twist and just plain old-fashioned, writes Maura Adshead.