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Monday word of the week – Neologism

From dictionary.reference.com: ne·ol·o·gism [nee-ol-uh-jiz-uhm]   noun 1. a new word, meaning, usage, or phrase. 2. the introduction or use of new words or new senses of existing words. 3. a new doctrine, especially a new interpretation of sacred writings. 4. Psychiatry. a new word, often consisting of a combination of other words, that is understood only by the speaker: occurring most often in the speech of schizophrenics. Origin:  1790–1800;  < French néologisme.   A diffused neologism is a word that a lot of people know and use, but hasn’t become common or mainstream or recognized as a word yet. … Continue reading

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Monday word of the week – Enervate

The word of the week is Enervate – n·er·vate From Freedictionary.com:  en·er·vat·ed, en·er·vat·ing, en·er·vates 1. To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of: “the luxury which enervates and destroys nations” (Henry David Thoreau). 2. Medicine To remove a nerve or part of a nerve. adj. (-nûrvt) Deprived … Continue reading

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Monday word of the week – Orthography

Monday word of the week – Orthography – the art or study of correct spelling according to established usage. From Merriam-Webster dictionary: Definition of ORTHOGRAPHY 1 a : the art of writing words with the proper letters according to standard usage b : the representation … Continue reading

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Monday word of the week – Amanuensis

This week’s word of the week is amanuensis. I don’t know where I saw it, but I wrote it down on a note that I found in my purse. But now that I look it up, I like it! a·man·u·en·sis … Continue reading

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Monday word of the week – Perfidious

This week’s Monday word of the week is Perfidious. From vocabulary.com: If someone accuses you of being perfidious, you should probably be offended — it means underhanded, treacherous, deceitful — even evil. From freedictionary.com: perfidious [pəˈfɪdɪəs] adj   guilty, treacherous, or faithless; deceitful … Continue reading

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Monday word of the week – Passementerie

Definition of PASSEMENTERIE : an ornamental edging or trimming (as tassels) made of braid, cord, gimp, beading, or metallic thread Origin of PASSEMENTERIE French, from passement ornamental braid, from passer First Known Use: 1794   I saw the word Passementerie … Continue reading

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Monday word of the week – oojamaflip

This week’s word is oojamaflip. This was just one of those words in a book that I thought might be a made-up word. I read a lot of fantasy science fiction stuff, and there are always made up words in … Continue reading

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Monday word of the week – judder

I found another word to share – judder. From thefreedictionary.com: jud·der (jdr) intr.v. jud·dered, jud·der·ing, jud·ders To shake rapidly or spasmodically; vibrate conspicuously: “Edith would watch her wrestling with words, her thin little body juddering with the effort to unlock them” … Continue reading

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Monday word of the week – exiguous

This week’s word is exiguous. I noted it when I was recently reading The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo. I didn’t write down the quote though. I keep forgetting that part. 🙂 From dictionary.com: ex·ig·u·ous /ɪgˈzɪgyuəs, ɪkˈsɪg-/  [ig-zig-yoo-uhs, ik-sig-] adjective … Continue reading

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Monday Word of the Week – Celerity

Celerity – another word that I stumbled upon that I sort of knew the meaning of but wasn’t 100% sure about it. So I figure if I am uncertain, then so are others. celerity [sɪˈlɛrɪtɪ] n rapidity; swiftness; speed [from … Continue reading

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