Saturday, May 20, 2017

Wandering Word Thoughts: All You Need Is "Felechazo"?

Go here, there, and everywhere, thanks to "holoportation". That's virtual teleporting via 3-D videocams.

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"Parlous" means full of risk or danger -- like in a cliffhanger.

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All you need is..."felechazo"? It refers to being struck by Cupid's arrow -- in Spanish.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Wandering Word Thoughts: Silly "Wabbit"?

Why toddle when you can "shoggle" or "warple"? Both are old-fashioned words for precarious ambling.

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Is your dossier full of "kompromat"? That's a Russian word for information gathered for the purpose of blackmailing someone. Could be a useful word someday soon.

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Is your rabbit "wabbit"? It means exhausted or sickly.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Talking to Ed about Trumpcare



Mr. Ed: Whoa, Wilburrr. You have a pre-existing condition?

Wilbur: Yes, I do.

Mr. Ed: I'm a bit surprised. What is it, Wilburrr?

Wilbur: Don't YOU know?

Mr. Ed: Neigh!

Wilbur: I'm talking to you aren't I? It's a mental health condition.

Mr. Ed: Can't you see a doctor about that, Wilburrrr? So you can be more...stable?

Wilbur: Not with Trumpcare. Not if the state gets a waiver to eliminate mental health coverage. I would have to pony up for it myself. I don't want to be saddled with that!

Mr. Ed: What a nightmare. But I'll be your shrink, Wilburrrr.

Wilbur:
I guess you'll have to be, Ed.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wandering Word Thoughts: Firenado!

Here's wishing you a cwtch. Don't you just love those Welsh words that have no vowels? (It means a hug.)

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No, "sharknado" is not an actual weather word. Aren't you glad? But firenado is. That's a vortex that rises from a fire, carrying smoke and flame.



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If you don't want to call it a lie, you can at least describe it as twistical (meaning inclined to twist the truth).

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Let's use more interjections, dagnabbit!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Wandering Word Thoughts

Are you a "pochemuchka" (someone who asks too many questions)? Forget I asked!

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You may think my blog is "floccinaucinihilipilification" (meaning worthless -- TWITO, page 55), but I don't.

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Lord Cardigan led the Charge of the Light Brigade, but now he's known for a cozy sweater.

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"Misodoctakleidist" (TWITO, page 89) means someone who hates practicing the piano. "Like me," I would have said at age 8.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Connecting the Dots: Trumpisms

Donald Trump keeps saying "I will tell you this" before he tells us something. I take it as an admonition to engage my skepticism. But maybe I should preface my own portentous utterances with a similar throat-clearing mini prologue, in case I say something stupid -- a fair warning. Something like "Let me say this about that" (another unpopular president's favorite preamble) or just "now hear this!"

Monday, April 03, 2017

Wandering Word Thoughts

"Gumsuck me goodbye, honey!" Gumsuck is a 19th-century slang term for "kiss". Ewww....

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To thine own ipseity be true. Ipseity is a word for "selfhood" or the ability to be oneself.

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Any other epeolatrists out there? Epeolatry is the worship of words.

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One of my favorite words is fulgent (meaning "shining brightly"). "Unable to sleep, he wandered the hills that night, under the fulgent moon." (TWITO, page 58)



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Are you sesquipedalian? Then you like to use long words.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Wandering Word Thoughts

Are you "sesquipedalian"? If so, you like to use long words.

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Is your bunny a "whorson glassegazing superfinicall rogue"? If so, you're rabbit is vain.

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"Face-palm" about all the "train wrecks" in the news these days. And that Merriam-Webster has now added those words to its dictionary.

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You're probably "chuffed" if you already know a lot of British phrases. Proud, that is.

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Do you believe in "flechazo" at first sight? That's when you've been pricked by Cupid's (Spanish) arrow.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Wandering Word Thoughts

Haven't you always wanted to find a word that means "resembling an ostrich"? It's "ratite".

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Do you have a "perfervid" imagination? Good, if you put it to good use. That means it's intense.

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How about "dacoit" (TWITO, page 39)? You may want to steal that one. It refers to a bandit.

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Quick, Scrabble fans, what's a five-letter word for "a type of Inuit parka"? Atigi!

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If you're here, I assume you don't have "logophobia" (fear of words).

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Wandering Word Thoughts

"Otherkin" (adjective) was recently added to Oxford Dictionaries. It denotes people who identify as non-human. Hmm. Are you glad we finally have a word for that?

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There are 18 ways to say "awesome" according to this site:

18 ways

But they forgot "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"!

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A "gobemouche" (TWITO, page 61) is a credulous person. It literally means "someone who swallows flies". (Think about it with your mouth open.)

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So Merriam and Webster can't agree on the pronunciation of "GIF". I'd say it's a hard G, like in....well, Gates.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Wandering Word Thoughts

You just did not want to make Shakespeare angry. He had plenty of poetic ways to insult someone. Call someone a "dizzy-eyed dewberry" today. I dare you!

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"Just because you're pronoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to help you." ("Pronoid" means the opposite of "paranoid".)

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Haven't you always wanted a word for "a state of torment created by the sudden sight of one’s own misery"? It's "litost".

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Forsooth, you may think this list a fandangle, but I find it goodly:

archaic words