Tag - language

Word-A-Week Vocabulary Vlog #45: Abderian

Language is power. Granted, power is also power. But in this case, for the sake of argument, language is power. And if you have a solid mastery of the language, you can harness that power and bend it to your will. Not in a ha-ha flying...

Word-A-Week Vocabulary Vlog #44: Kaput

We’ve all had to try and make the best of a bad situation. And sometimes you have to take whatever kind of edge you can lay hands upon. In some cases, you might just need to be satisfied with the fact that you not only know how screwed...

Word-A-Week Vocabulary Vlog #43: Inextricable

Sometimes you can feel in a conversation like you can’t escape. Like you’ve got no way out. Even like you’re tied to a chair. It’s in moments such as these that we need someone to step in and alleviate our lack of...

Word-A-Week Vocabulary Vlog #42: Fuddling

Words are like alcohol. Think of the words you use everyday as your regular, workaday ale or glass of wine. And there’s nothing wrong with that–it’s comforting, in fact. However, every once in a while, it’s time for...

Word-A-Week Vocabulary Vlog #41: Tenebrous

Are you in the dark when it comes to language? There’s no shame in that. However, rather than fumble for the proverbial light switch in such a situation, then wind up tripping over the proverbial Lego model of the Parthenon and bust...

Word-A-Week Vocabulary Vlog #40: Agastopia

There are those who say that the use of profanity is a clear sign of someone who has a lack of language skills. There are those who say that profanity is merely fun and, yes, sometimes therapeutic. Around here, we tend to think you can have...

Word-A-Week Vocabulary Vlog #39: Facsimile

The Oxford English Dictionary will eventually become so large that it knocks the Earth out of its proper orbit. There’s no need to concern yourself–it can’t be stopped. What you can concern yourself with, however, is...

Word-A-Week Vocabulary Vlog #38: Apodyopsis

The comic book villain Bullseye could take out someone from across the street using just a paper clip. Which is impressive, yes. But without words, how could I have conveyed that notion to you? Mime? Charades? An extremely long rebus? No. We...

Word-A-Week Vocabulary Vlog #37: Defenestrate

Are you dragged down by workaday concerns and worries? Maybe you need to scale back and get some easy wins. Like having a “100 Words to Work Gracefully Into Conversation Before I Die” list, for example. Sure, you want some in...

Word-A-Week Vocabulary Vlog #36: Guttle

Mortgages. Medical bills. The upcoming zombie apocalypse. You have so much in your life to worry about. Who has time to seek out the frontiers of the English language? Well, just like in the good old days where explorers who had ego problems...