Category Archives: Interesting words

English Is So Weird

One of the things I love about the English language is how interrelated so many of its words are. For example, when I was looking up the meaning of “kenspeckle” (a Scots word that means “well-known” or “conspicuous”), I was … Continue reading

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Rabbit Holes Everywhere!

The other day I spent some time reading about ARGs (alternate reality games), how QAnon is like an ARG, and a phenomenon called “apophenia.” Apophenia is, according to Merriam-Webster, “the tendency to perceive a connection or meaningful pattern between unrelated … Continue reading

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Day 172: Swearing

Sometimes when I’m surprised or angry, I say “Fuggernuts!” or “Furganots!” in place of the usual vulgarities. I don’t know where these words came from, but I’ve noticed that I’m using them more often lately. There’s a lot to swear … Continue reading

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Day 112: Heard on TV

Heard on TV last night: “A mask is not a big ask.” The rhyme is good, though it doesn’t roll off the tongue as well as you’d think it would. I definitely like it better than “Mask it or casket” … Continue reading

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Day 102: All of You, Not All Y’all

Sometimes I want to say “all y’all.” Then I remember that I live in New England, and we don’t say that here. And we shouldn’t, even when it feels like it would be fun or convenient. It doesn’t belong to … Continue reading

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What to Call It?

I haven’t decided yet what to call our pandemic-induced time at home. Quarantine Self-isolation Lockdown Exile I like “quarantine” and “lockdown” for their simplicity, but “self-isolation” is probably more accurate. It feels like “exile,” though, and that’s the term I … Continue reading

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Day 3: Marshall Law

Since much of the Twitter talk today is in regards to “Marshall Law,” I will tell you about how Marshall Law works, because that’s something I know a lot about. Under Marshall Law, there is/are… No school and no homework … Continue reading

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Day 2: Word of the Year

Today’s Thoughts My husband said to me today that he thinks the Word of the Year will be “flatten the curve.” I thought this was very interesting, because I had already decided that it will be “social distancing.” I was … Continue reading

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Bad Language

Hey, People of the Internet! It’s “toe the line,” not “tow the line.” It’s “the die is cast,” not “the dye is cast.” It’s “sow the seeds,” not “sew the seeds.” OK. I feel better having gotten that off my … Continue reading

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Who Knew?

I just learned today that bobby pins are called “kirby grips” or “hair grips” in the UK and hair elastics are “bobbles.”

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