THE AMATEUR WORD NERD: Have a spurtle of some real drammack

By Barbara McAlister Word of the Day: Drammack Also spelled “drammock” or “drammach,” it’s a mixture of meal, usually oats, and cold water. Like the…

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THE AMATEUR WORD NERD: Pack this one into your vocabulary

By Barbara McAllister Word of the Day: Portmanteau A portmanteau is a suitcase that opens into two compartments, from the French “port,” to carry and…

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THE AMATEUR WORD NERD: It may be a secret who holds the real power

By Barbara McAllister Word of the Day: Secretary On a typical day, a secretary may type letters, answer the phone, greet people, handle payroll and…

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THE AMATEUR WORD NERD: Don’t go kidnapping my words

By Barbara McAllister Word of the Day: Plagiarize To plagiarize something is to copy it and pass it off as your own work. It’s a…

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THE AMATEUR WORD NERD: This definition is pretty sweet

By Barbara McAllister Word of the Day: Mellifluous If a sound is described as mellifluous, it means it is sweet and pleasing. The root of…

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THE AMATEUR WORD NERD QUIZ: What makes a vegetable cruciferous?

By Barbara McAllister What makes a vegetable cruciferous? A) It’s healthy B) It has a bitter taste C) It has a certain type of flower…

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THE AMATEUR WORD NERD QUIZ: The mysteries of the Crayola box

By Barbara McAllister Which one of the following is NOT an actual Crayola crayon color? A. Macaroni and Cheese B. Outer Space C. Otcha Hotcha…

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The AMATEUR WORD NERD: Is GOAT an acronym or backronym?

By Barbara McAllister Word of the Day: Acronym An acronym is a new word made up of the first letter or letters of a phrase…

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THE AMATEUR WORD NERD QUIZ: Where does ‘quarantine’ come from?

By Barbara McAllister Where does the word “quarantine” come from? Is it… A. A type of beverage B. The bubonic plague C. A place in…

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The Amateur Word Nerd: Don’t get poked through a loophole

By Barbara MacAllister Word of the Day: Loopholes With tax season here, you may hear about avoiding expenses by means of a loophole in the…

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