THE AMATEUR WORD NERD: Prepare for a word blizzard

By Barbara McAlister Word of the Day: Blizzard The word blizzard, in the sense of a severe snowstorm, is an American word from the early…

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THE AMATEUR WORD NERD: Don’t get all cranky over ‘curmudgeon’

By Barbara McAlister Word of the Day: Curmudgeon A curmudgeon is a cantankerous, surly, ill-tempered person. The origin of the word isn’t clear, but it’s…

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THE AMATEUR WORD NERD: Spreading the word on ‘pandemic’

By Barbara McAlister Word of the Day: pandemic Dr. Anthony Fauci’s video of what makes the COVID-19 pandemic so contagious has, ironically, gone viral. The…

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THE AMATEUR WORD NERD: Let’s open the gate on 2021 with January

By Barbara McAlister Word of the Day: January The month of January is named after Janus, the Roman god of gates and doors. Because every…

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THE AMATEUR WORD NERD: Origins of ‘gamut’ a lovely tune

By Barbara McAllister Word of the Day: Gamut “Gamut” means a full range, most generally heard in an expression like, “He experienced a full gamut…

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THE AMATEUR WORD NERD: Do you know the person behind the mask?

By Barbara McAlister Word of the Day: Person When you think of a person, you think of the true individual, the essence of the being….

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THE AMATEUR WORD NERD: The word made for women, by men

By Barbara McAllister Word of the Day: Hysteria You probably know hysteria is overwrought, uncontrolled emotional behavior, but do you realize it’s considered an offensive…

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THE AMATEUR WORD NERD: Avoid this habit like the plague

By Barbara McAlister Word of the Day: Cliche “Cliché” comes from a French word that has come to mean something over-used and not very original….

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THE AMATEUR WORD NERD: Regaling you with origins of ‘gala’

By Barbara McAlister Word of the day: gala A gala is a festive occasion or celebration. The word is based on a noun stemming from…

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THE AMATEUR WORD NERD: Emojis — way beyond just a happy face

By Barbara McAlister Word of the Day: Emoji You probably know emojis are those digital images used to express an idea or emotion. It comes…

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