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Back in the 15th Century, collective nouns were all the rage. The system, which assigns a different word for “group” depending on the animal being referred to, was the brainchild of English hunters who wanted to distinguish each of their … Continue reading
Even the greatest wordsmiths have moments when they just can’t find the right word. Sometimes it’s because of a brain lapse, and other times, it’s because we’re just not sure what we’re trying to say. But sometimes, the word may … Continue reading
Look at this picture of legendary film starlet, Jean Harlow. I came across it today doing some work for a client and it literally stopped me dead in my tracks. She looks absolutely, well, I’m not sure what the word … Continue reading
Have you ever wondered why we call paparazzi, paparazzi? Contrary to what you may think, paparazzi isn’t Italian for intrusive, celebrity photographer. It actually means buzzing insect. While filming La Dolce Vita in Italy, Federico Fellini was inspired … Continue reading
Noun [from Greek , 'tauto': the same, and 'logos': word/idea] The use of words that merely repeat elements of the meaning already conveyed, as in the sentence Will these supplies be adequate enough? in place of Will these supplies be … Continue reading
frisson \free-SOHN\, noun: A moment of intense excitement; a shudder; an emotional thrill. When’s the last time you experienced frisson? Interestingly enough, frisson doesn’t always come from an exceptional experience. It can be born of the mundane, from the paperback … Continue reading
ar·se·nic /n. ˈɑrsənɪk, ˈɑrsnɪk; adj. ɑrˈsɛnɪk/ Show Spelled[n. ahr-suh-nik, ahrs-nik; adj. ahr-sen-ik] Show IPA –noun 1. a grayish-white element having a metallic luster, vaporizing when heated, and forming poisonous compounds. Symbol: As; atomic weight: 74.92; atomic number: 33. 2. a … Continue reading
grat·i·tude /ˈgrætɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/ Show Spelled[grat-i-tood, -tyood] Show IPA –noun the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful: He expressed his gratitude to everyone on the staff. o·per·a·tion grat·i·tude a non-profit organization that sends care packages addressed to individual Soldiers, … Continue reading