One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A word that is not actually used but is recorded in a dictionary or other reference work.
- ‘One of the most exotic of linguistic phenomena, the ghost word, has accidentally acquired a sexual application.’
- ‘Why not just remove the ghost words if they're not actually content that the dictionary cares to have in it?’
- ‘There is a very common ghost word that became well established in our language - a ghost name, to be more accurate.’
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