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Old 19 June 2014, 08:00 AM
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Richard W Richard W is offline
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So it was - how bizarre. The figurative meaning of dull or prosaic dates from 1716, according to Chambers Dictionary of Etymology. Wordsworth was the first to record the literal meaning.

I was going to ask why you had presumed that from the list - is it because it specifically says "noun"?

It's a more interesting list than some of these though. I said that some of them were well-known (chortle, meme, robot etc. - perhaps debunk, round here), but I didn't know most of them.
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