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squicky

This is an adjective. Just looking at it by itself, do you have a sense of what it means?

Don’t bother looking in your dictionary. It’s not in… 647 more words

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numpty, nudnik

For once and for all, let’s stop using the term grammar Nazi.

The Nazis were not just people who got all up in your face about small things. 657 more words

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carnauba

I first became aware of this word in conjunction with car wax.

Advertisers and marketers know that if you can add in a little extra detail about something, it makes it sound special, even if that detail is trivially true. 545 more words

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pirr

I’ve turned again to Robert Macfarlane’s article on landscape words. Here is one that is worth a peer, a word that truly purrs:

Shetlandic has a word, …

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skeevy, skeezy

Neither of these words is used very often. Nonetheless, even if you haven’t seen either at all, I suspect you’ll have a sense of the meaning. 477 more words

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gorm

I really wanted to start with this nice reel (Irish dance tune) I remembered. I thought it would be easy to find a version of it on YouTube. 694 more words

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jill

The sea is as still as gel in a Petri dish. A small boat moves idly along, mills about, sending smooth, even ripples in the glassy surface: |||| . 448 more words

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