The usage is probably older than I know. The word is “compute” used as a noun. Mostly I’ve heard it in the depths of IT departments, but here’s a usage in an article intended for us normal geeks. “AV “stands for “autonomous vehicle.”

You’ll need a load of on-board compute, too. Future AVs could run on up to 500 million lines of code and produce terabytes of data daily.

Well, it is shorter than something like “computing power.”

The word is even in the diagram:

Waymo/Jaguar vehicle with labels for hardware and sensor systems
It’s over the rear wheel.

When I was younger, the prefix “mini” became popular to use with an assortment of unrelated suffixes. We had “miniskirt,” of course, but I remember “mini brain,” “minicar” and “minidress,” even “miniassignment.” My linguistics prof said that “mini” was productive.

I just ran into another word or word fragment that shows signs of becoming productive: -splain.

We have the original, “explain,” but I’ve heard “mansplain” and “mansplaining” lots of times lately. Here’s a new one:

If oilsplaining isn’t already word already, it should be, because it’s the only way I feel like I can describe this essay’s purpose.

The word is even in the title of the article.

Here’s picture of the person who wrote the article, Emily Atkin:

Productivity assumes the reader doesn’t need to get a formal definition of the new word (aka neologism) because the parts of the word are familiar.

I guess I like to be a wordsplainer.

Synecdoche (pronounced sin-EK-duh-key) is when you mention a part of something but mean the whole thing. When you compliment your buddy’s car by saying that it’s a nice set of wheels, that’s synecdoche. Here the kid refers to himself but mom is thinking of, well, read the comic.

Does it count if the cartoonist is referring to everything, but the kid isn’t?

Grammar Comic


Okay, teachers, post this on your classroom wall! In fact, if you have trouble with this word, post it on your own wall!

The only things missing here are pointing out that the simple past of “to lie” is “lay,” and the simple past of “to lay” is “laid.” And the simple past of telling a falsehood is “lied.”

A caesura is when you have insert a pause in a poem to make the meter work. Every panel except the last two has a caesura between the first and second lines. You can get the feel by inserting “and” or another one-syllable word where the caesura goes.

Okay, reader challenge: Write a four-line verse (called a quatrain, by the way) with a caesura in it. Put it in the comments.

In bold:

The Abandoned Prison Complex on Isle St Joseph, French Guiana located 10km off the northeastern tip of the South American Continent, the Iles du Salut are a trio of idyllic islands which used to house a fearsome French penal colony from the mid 19th century until 1955.

(That link probably doesn’t work. I got the sentence from a post in the Facebook group Glory of the Abandoned.)

Since I started thinking about writing, I can’t recall a single sentence that contains “located,” in which deleting the word would change the meaning or make the sentence less understandable. Can you find or think of one? Share in the comments.

Here’s the picture that is located below the sentence:

May be an image of tree and outdoors

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