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It’s Wednesday again, and you know what that means—time for a weird word! Well, actually, today’s word isn’t really weird per se, but the definition here is certainly not the usual one, and would be rather embarrassing for us if we weren’t lucky enough to be part of the Peabody Institute and Johns Hopkins University (no Academies here!).
This definition of the word is actually not as strange as one might think. In one of his philosophical dialogues called “The Symposium,” Plato, the founder of the original Academy, suggests a connection between the erotic and the life of the mind—the word “philosophy,” in fact, actually means “love of wisdom.” Still, I don’t think this is exactly what Plato had in mind! 

It’s Wednesday again, and you know what that means—time for a weird word! Well, actually, today’s word isn’t really weird per se, but the definition here is certainly not the usual one, and would be rather embarrassing for us if we weren’t lucky enough to be part of the Peabody¬†Institute and Johns Hopkins University¬†(no Academies here!).

This definition of the word is actually not as strange as one might think. In one of his philosophical dialogues called “The Symposium,” Plato, the founder of the original Academy, suggests a connection between the erotic and the life of the mind—the word “philosophy,” in fact, actually means “love of wisdom.” Still, I don’t think this is exactly what Plato had in mind!¬†

ACK! Ruffians! ACK! Pirates!
Welcome to another edition of Weird Word Wednesday!
Today’s words are brought to you by the letter “Ack.” (Fun fact: did you know that the British military began to pronounce the letter A as “ack” in early wireless communications to avoid confusion? For example: “ack-ack,” an abbreviation of “anti-aircraft.”)
How “ack” has come to refer to water is unclear. Was it an abbreviation of “aquatic”? Or were the aquatic pirates and ruffians of the days of “Andrewe’s Dictionary of the Cant and Slang Languages” so much more frightening than their terrestrial cousins that only they would elicit the eponymous expression of surprise and fear: “ACK!”? I think I need to go take an ack-break to think about this one…

ACK! Ruffians! ACK! Pirates!

Welcome to another edition of Weird Word Wednesday!

Today’s words are brought to you by the letter “Ack.” (Fun fact: did you know that the British military began to pronounce the letter A as “ack” in early wireless communications to avoid confusion? For example: “ack-ack,” an abbreviation of “anti-aircraft.”)

How “ack” has come to refer to water is unclear. Was it an abbreviation of “aquatic”? Or were the aquatic pirates and ruffians of the days of “Andrewe’s Dictionary of the Cant and Slang Languages” so much more frightening than their terrestrial cousins that only they would elicit the eponymous expression of surprise and fear: “ACK!”? I think I need to go take an ack-break to think about this one…

This gives new meaning to the phrase “tying the knot.”

This gives new meaning to the phrase “tying the knot.”

The military: coming up with the best euphemisms since the early 19th century.
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The military: coming up with the best euphemisms since the early 19th century.

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It’s Weird Word Wednesday Time!
E.g., “The George Peabody Library is the go.”
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It’s Weird Word Wednesday Time!

E.g., “The George Peabody Library is the go.”

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What? Bishops have a thing for St. George?
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What? Bishops have a thing for St. George?

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As we will see in later editions of Weird Word Wednesday, this definition is supremely important to know in this dictionary.

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As we will see in later editions of Weird Word Wednesday, this definition is supremely important to know in this dictionary.

Call No.: 427 G877D
Location: George Peabody Library

The Grose Dictionary of English Slang reveals the top four causes of death in the early 1800s.

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The Grose Dictionary of English Slang reveals the top four causes of death in the early 1800s.

Call No.: 427 G877D
Location: George Peabody Library

Somehow I doubt these “secret services” refer to whaler’s wives attempting to discover what their husbands were up to while at sea …
See also "petticoat pensioner" for a non-age specific use of kept men and lady secret services!
Call No.: 427 G877DLocation: George Peabody Library

Somehow I doubt these “secret services” refer to whaler’s wives attempting to discover what their husbands were up to while at sea …

See also "petticoat pensioner" for a non-age specific use of kept men and lady secret services!

Call No.: 427 G877D
Location: George Peabody Library