Tag - words

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...

Word-A-Week Vocabulary Vlog #35: Scrouge

Words. There’s a lot of them. So many that it’s easy to get so flustered you can’t tell your homonym from your homo superior. But if you find yourself lost and in need of the linguistic equivalent of moss on the north side...

Word-A-Week Vocabulary Vlog #34: Coquettish

Words. No one can consume just one. They’re like Lay’s Potato Chips. But sooner or later, we stick our hands into the potato chip bag of our minds and find nothing but crumbs. Verbal detritus. What knowledge can we snack on in...

Word-A-Week Vocabulary Vlog #33: Canard

Don’t be fooled by the fact that there aren’t a lot of synonyms for the terminology of “moving house.” And don’t wonder at the notion that a building isn’t been pushed around Ireland by one relatively...