THE AMATEUR WORD NERD: The saintly origins of ‘tawdry’

By Barbara McAllister Word of the Day: Tawdry You might know that “tawdry” means showy, cheap and poor quality, but did you know it was…

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THE AMATEUR WORD NERD: You can feel good about being jocund

By Barbara McAllister Word of the Day: Jocund To be “jocund” is to be cheerful, genial, or merry. It is from the Latin jocundus, agreeable…

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AMATEUR WORD NERD: Knitting? Sailing? Lost in a maze? Get a clew

By Barbara McAllister WORD OF THE DAY: Clew A clew can be a ball of thread, a guide to solving a problem or part of…

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THE AMATEUR WORD NERD QUIZ: Which of these men of history did NOT have a tattoo?

By Barbara McAllister Who of the following did NOT have a tattoo? Was it… A. President Teddy Roosevelt B. Artist Pablo Picasso C. Inventor Thomas…

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THE AMATEUR WORD NERD: The wild side of cantaloupe

By Barbara McAllister WORD OF THE DAY: Cantaloupe These small, round melons with orange flesh and ribbed skins are so called because they were first…

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THE AMATEUR WORD NERDS QUIZ: What’s a martinet?

By Barbara McAllister A martinet is a… A. strict follower of rules B. small member of the weasel family C. puppet on strings Answer: The…

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THE AMATEUR WORD NERD: Someone calling you bird brain? It may be auspicious

By Barbara McAllister Word of the Day: Auspicious “Auspicious,” pronounced aw SPISH us, means “favorable or promising success.” It comes from the Latin avis —…

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WORD NERDS: I won’t dissemble the meaning of this word

By Barbara McAllister Word of the Day: Dissemble You know that “resemble” means to look the same. “Dissemble,” from the same root, means the opposite….

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WORD NERDS QUIZ: What does iridescent mean?

By Barbara McAllister What is iridescent material? Is it… A. Transparent B. Shiny, light blue C. Shimmering rainbow colored ANSWER: C. If you have ever…

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WORD NERDS: Which came first, the internet or memes?

By Barbara McAllister Word of the Day: Meme Even if you have been living under a rock (and I’m not judging), you probably have heard…

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