Lexophile is a Good Word

My Mother forwarded this in email today:

“Lexophile” is a word used to describe those who love using words in rather unique ways, such as “you can tune a piano, but you can’t tuna fish”, or “to write with a broken pencil is pointless.” A competition to see who can come up with the best one is held every year.

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What Would Godzilla Say?

I’m watching a Godzilla movie, made in Japan, originally spoken in Japanese. I especially like watching the Japanese Godzilla movies because I get snapshots of their culture, their humour and their lifestyle. Also, the language and how huge the translation really is.

When you hear the line “What the hell are you doing here?” Do you really think that was exactly what was said in the original Japanese?… Read the rest

I Would Kill Someone

killing as nothingIsn’t it weird how lightly some words are taken in our culture? I posted about ‘hate‘ earlier. Today I was cruising Twitter and this post caught my attention. I’m fairly sure they are talking about killing someone playing poker at a casino… but isn’t death just a bit too extreme for making a poker bid/ bet on your hand of cards?

Can you Master the Art of the Humblebrag?

I know humble bragging isn’t a new concept. I’m sure there have been other words to describe it, like false modesty. But, I found humblebrag used as a word in a post on CNN Money. If a word can make it there, seems it’s working it’s way into the language and worth knowing.

So I found out more… there is an upcoming book about the humblebrag.… Read the rest

Hate is a Word that Racists Use a Lot

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I wish people would be more aware of each time they use the word ‘hate’. It gets thrown out there so easily. How can you hate people you have never met? How can you hate something you only tried once? Hate is a very strong word.

What is a Vagabond?

vagabondHistorically, vagabonds were pretty tough, anti-establishment characters who lived as homeless drifters by choice. Modern vagabonds tend to be people who live off the grid or those who travel the world from out of a backpack.

Traditionally a vagabond is a person who wanders from one place to another, with no real home of their own.… Read the rest

Toponymy

Toponymy is, by definition, the place names of a particular region and the study of those place names. It is derived, in fact, from the two Greek words topos – meaning place and onoma – meaning name. A toponymist will look at not only the surface meaning of the name in question, but also at the history of the area.… Read the rest

That, There and Then

From Self Editing Tips #2  – Write Anything:

Annihilate the words ‘that’, ‘then’ , ‘there are’ or ‘there is’ or ‘to be.’ . Its a rare piece of text which requires either of these words to show up regularly or as a valuable or necessary participant. There are always better ways to write sentence without having to use those phrases.

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