Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Lexeme (February)

February lexemes. It’s inevitable. It lexemed last year and will next year, until Februarys are no more. Its lexematic character gives it away. ‘To february’, strange it’s never entered language before. He februaries, we february. It will february for 28 days, 29 as the mood takes it. Februarification has taken on in some parts of the world, see Julian Barnes in The New Yorker, ‘Fabulous Februarity’. The Guardian coined februhaha, hence the dance band. Dating its emergence has proven difficult, with Febists and 29ers making counterclaims. When the meme ‘Fuck Februarity!’ went viral David Crystal started a file: ‘Februation Lexemania’.

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