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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WORD NERDS QUIZ: What is Tarantism?

By Barbara McAllister What is TARANTISM? Is it… A. An Eastern philosophy B. A disease caused by a spider bite C. A true statement ANSWER:…

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WORD NERDS: You may be making a mondegreen, and not even know it

By Barbara McAllister Word of the Day: Mondegreen You may not be familiar with this delightful word, but chances are you’re familiar with the concept….

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