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Word of the day: specious [ spee-shuhs ] adjective apparently good or right though lacking real merit; superficially pleasing or plausible. ... View More
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Word of the day: Chancletas. Something a little different today; another Panamanian thing. Indulge me. I was born in Texas but raised in Panama. Unlike many of my Canal Zone friends, I lived in the Re... View More
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Word of the day: harridan [ hahr-i-dn ] noun a scolding, vicious woman; hag; shrew. Not that any of us knows one... It's highly theoretical...
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Steve Blu
That's my word of the month. I'll use it all month long, out in public, dropping it then leaving the room. :-)
April 7, 2021
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Most of you know that I used to be a code-slinger at NASA as well as a lover of food. That's why this bit of news/trivia intrigued me: "Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse has contributed several recipes to... View More
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Word of the day: fustigate [ fuhs-ti-geyt ] verb (used with object) to criticize harshly; castigate. ... View More
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Word of the day: peduncle [ pi-duhng-kuhl, pee-duhng- ] noun a flower stalk, supporting either a cluster or a solitary flower.
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Phrase of the day: Hobson's Choice. noun A choice of taking what is available or nothing at all. Example: "The regional council must decide whether a private toll bridge is better than no bri... View More
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Word of the day: Haimish. [ hey-mish ] adjective homey; cozy and unpretentious. The Yiddish adjective haimish (also spelled heimish) means “cozy, comfortable, unpretentious,” pretty much the same ... View More
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Word of the day: Nescience [ nesh-uhns, nesh-ee-uhns, nes-ee- ] noun lack of knowledge; ignorance. Nescience, “lack of knowledge, ignorance,” comes straight from Late Latin nescientia, a noun f... View More
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Irish word of the day: Macushla. noun, Irish English. It means "darling". Macushla is a phonetic English spelling of the Erse (Irish Gaelic) mo chuisle, literally “my pulse,” or translated more roma... View More
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Word of the day: Hapless; adjective. Hapless is another word for unlucky Unlucky is used a few different ways. It can describe things that are thought to bring bad luck, such as unlucky number, or i... View More
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Mafia Teddy bear with a 40 caliber Glock comes to an hapless end.
March 15, 2021
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Word of the day: Corrigible. We hear the term incorrigible all the time but rarely plain old, unadorned corrigible. What is it? An adjective meaning subject to being revised, improved, or made more ac... View More
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http://www.icanfixupmyhome.com/WPBlog1/2021/03/13/the-history-of-cancel-culture/ How language is used to revise history and engineer society through bullying and economic pressure.
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Word of the day: Autoschediasm. [ aw-toh-skee-dee-az-uhm ] noun something that is improvised or extemporized. Example: "The first thing is to collect the material. This must comprise the whole ran... View More
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Word of the day: Waesucks. interjection: means alas. Waesucks or waesuck, “alas, woe (is me),” is a Scots word composed of wae, the Scots form of woe, and suck or sucks, Scots variants of the noun s... View More
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Word of the day: Mugwump. Coined when a Republican refused to support the party nominee, James G. Blaine, in the presidential campaign of 1884. A person who is unable to make up his or her mind on an ... View More
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Word of the day: Promethean. adjective of or suggestive of Prometheus. creative; boldly original. In Greek mythology, he was the Titan who stole fire from Olympus and gave it to mankind; Zeus (whos... View More
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This feud between the two literary heavyweights was legendary and illustrates their respective writing styles. Faulkner was more verbose but Hemingway pared his down to the bone. Which do you prefer?
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Steve Blu
Faulkner
March 4, 2021
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Hemingway
March 4, 2021
Kathi-Ann Rivard
I don't mind an occasional trip to the dictionary, it grows me. But I like brevity. Substance over fluff!
March 7, 2021
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