Category Archives: Interesting words

Learning Isn’t Always Pleasant

I haven’t had much time for perusing The New York Times lately. That’s too bad, because there are so many things to learn from it. Not only are the articles interesting, but it often offers up words that I’ve never … Continue reading

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That’s Rough

Yesterday, as I was looking something up in the dictionary, I stumbled across this beautiful-sounding word: furfuraceous. Doesn’t it seem soft and furry? Don’t you just want to cuddle with it? Probably not. “Furfuraceous” has nothing to do with fur. … Continue reading

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The Four “R’s” of Writing

Sometimes when I’m free-writing in my journals, I start to see relationships between words that I never noticed before. One day I found that you can put the homophones right/write/rite/write together to make a little piece of advice: It’s right … Continue reading

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If I Tolle You Once, I Tolle You Twice

Have you ever noticed that once you discover a new word or concept, suddenly you find it all over the place? It’s as if it’s trying to prove its importance, or to cement itself into your memory, or perhaps even … Continue reading

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Going or Staying

As I was writing one of yesterday’s posts, I thought about using either the word “housebound” or the word “homebound” to describe my carless situation. I decided against both, because they imply an inability to leave the house, such as … Continue reading

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Weather Bomb

Today’s word is “bombogenesis.” Bombogenesis is when a midlatitude cyclone gets really strong really fast, transforming into a “bomb cyclone.” From what I understand, neither “bombogenesis” nor “bomb cyclone” is a technical term, but they sound interesting/scary, so people like … Continue reading

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Three Great Words

zugzwang: n. a situation, such as in a chess match, where you are obligated to take a turn even though it’s going to hurt your position. I take it to mean roughly “between a rock and a hard place.” You … Continue reading

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Keep It Brief

Readers gravitate toward that which is pithy, especially in the Internet Age, in which there is too much to read and too little time. That’s why we have a wonderful new acronym: TLDR (Too Long; Didn’t Read). It’s quick and … Continue reading

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SITY: What’s Beautiful Today?

I spent some time outside this morning taking pictures. I found quite a few beautiful things, including this cicada skin. According to Wikipedia, the term for this is “exuviae,” meaning “things stripped from a body.” I’ve seen a lot of … Continue reading

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Different Routes to Knowledge

The other night my mother and I were discussing the word “cuck.” It’s a new term that shows up often in the comments of political posts on Facebook and other social media these days. I couldn’t find a really authoritative … Continue reading

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