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January 6, 2015

Test Your Knowledge on the 2014 Word(s) of the Year

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TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

ON THE 2014

WORD(S) OF THE YEAR

The word of the year for 2014 has been selected.

Rather, the words of the year have been selected.

Take the following quizzes to test what you know about these words.

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Match the words (on the first list) with the dictionaries that chose them as their word of the year (on the second list) and then match the words (on the first list) with their definitions (on the third list).

Before you begin, I wrote a sentence using all six words: During 2014 we have had exposure to the vape culture, have overshared the heart emoji, and photobombed many photographs.

FIRST LIST

  1. Culture
  2. Exposure
  3. The heart emoji
  4. Overshare
  5. Photobomb
  6. Vape

SECOND LIST

  1. Oxford Dictionaries
  2. Merriam-Webster
  3. Chambers Dictionary
  4. Collins Dictionary
  5. Dictionary.com
  6. Global Language Monitor (GLM)

THIRD LIST

  1. Variations of the symbol for love; an ideograph, not a word at all
  2. To inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device”  as a noun for the e-cigarette and for the act of inhaling itself.
  3. A nation, a workplace, an ethnicity, a passion, an outsized personality. The people who comprise these things, who fawn or rail against them
  4. Too much information
  5. Variations of the symbol for love; an ideograph, not a word at all
  6. The condition of being exposed to danger or harm; the act of bringing to public attention, especially through media coverage; publicity; an act or instance of bringing to light, revealing, or unmasking crime, misconduct, or evil; disclosure of something private or secret.

November 30, 2013

New Words: Selfie, Footle, Splenetic, & Twerk

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NEW WORDS:

SELFIE, FOOTLE, SPLENETIC, & TWERK

Today I’m introducing four new-to-me words:

  • Selfie
  • Footle
  • Splenetic
  • Twerk

Selfie: a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website. Selfie was chosen as the Oxford Dictionaries 2013 word of the year.

Footle: Act foolishly, as by talking nonsense—classifed as a verb of political and social activities and events

I found this word in a Colin McNickle opinion column in which he explained the word dates back to 1892, and means talking or acting foolishly or wasting time.

Splenetic: of or relating to the spleen, affected by ill humor or irritability; a person regarded as irritable. I came across this word in the novel The Coquette (page 265).

Twerk:  dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting. Twerk was NOT the word of the year in 2013, being beaten out in a close race by the word selfie.

USE OF THESE FOUR WORDS IN THE SAME SENTENCE

Melanie became splenetic when she heard a friend describe her as footle after her twerk performance, during which she uploaded a selfie on her social media accounts.

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(A NaBloPoMo post)

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November 3, 2013

New Words: Insouciant, Halcyon, & Glamping

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NEW WORDS:

INSOUCIANT, HALCYON, & GLAMPING

I came across the words insouciant, halcyon, and glamping during routine reading.

Insouciant is an adjective meaning unconcerned, undisturbed; carefree and nonchalant, derived from the French words in- (not) and souciant (worrying). Pronounced ( in-su see – ent)

Halcyon is also an adjective defined as a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful. It’s three syllables, hal-cy-on are pronounced halsēən

Glamping, glamorous (more…)

April 16, 2013

Daily Prompt 4/14/2013: 7 New Words Used in Sentence

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WP DAILY PROMPT 4/14/2013:

7 NEW WORDS USED IN SENTENCE

Over the past few months I’ve collected a list of words that are new to me. I will list six and attempt to use them in one sentence.

  1. CATBIRD SEAT: an idiomatic phrase used to describe an enviable position, often in terms of having the upper hand or greater advantage in all types of dealings among parties.*
  2. PORTIERE: a heavy curtain hung across a doorway
  3. VERDURE: greenness, especially of fresh, flourishing vegetation.
  4. CELERITY: rapidity, swiftness, speed
  5. JEREMIAD: a long literary work, usually in prose, but sometimes in verse, in which the author bitterly laments the state of society and its morals in a serious tone of sustained invective, and always contains a prophesy of society’s imminent downfall.
  6. CADASTRAL: A cadastral map is (more…)

March 12, 2013

New Words: Dit and Quatorziens

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NEW WORDS: DIT AND QUATORZIENS

In researching fear of number thirteen I came across the word quatorziens. In genealogy materials in my file, received from my good friend Peg, I came across the word dit.
Both words, being French, fit well with my genealogy research and my novel background.
QUATORIZIEN
quatoriziens: French professionals who made themselves available to be a fourteenth guest at the dinner table in order to save the gathering from (more…)

January 6, 2013

New Words: Drub and Sobriquet

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NEW WORDS: DRUB and SOBRIQUET

While doing his daily puzzles my husband Monte asked me if I could define sobriquet. I couldn’t, so I looked it up:

SOBRIQUET

If people start calling you “Mac” because you like to eat macaroni and cheese for every meal, then you not only have a strange diet, but you also have a sobriquet — in other words, a nickname.

A sobriquet (soh-bri-kay is a nickname, sometimes assumed, but often given by another. It is usually a familiar name, distinct from a pseudonym, assumed as a disguise, but a nickname which is familiar enough such that it can be used in place of a real name without the need of explanation. This salient characteristic is of sufficient familiarity that the sobriquet can become more familiar than the original name. For example, Genghis Khan, who is rarely recognized now by (more…)

November 9, 2012

Play Lexicographer: RIDICULOUSITY

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PLAY LEXIGRAPHER: RIDICULOUSITY

The WordPress daily prompt for November 9, 2012, was to Play Lexicographer: Create a new word and explain its meaning and etymology.

The other day I used the word ridiculousity and was told it wasn’t a word.

“Yes,” I said. “I made it up.”

I used it as a noun” My ridiculousity changed the whole atmosphere of the gathering.

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When it came to playing lexicographer I decided to use ridiculousity. I was surprised that my computer underlined it in red, indicating a misspelling. So I typed it into a search engine. Sure enough, the word appeared in the (more…)

November 4, 2012

New Words: Kerfuffle & Gyre

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NEW WORDS: KERFUFFLE & GYRE

Kerfuffle?

Sounds like a kids fun play word to me: The children participated in a kerfuffle over the Halloween candy.

I don’t know when or how this word made my new words list, but it did, and I did an Internet search to uncover its meaning: noise, excitement and argument2; a commotion or fuss, especially one caused by conflicting views3; A kerfuffle is some kind of commotion, controversy, or fuss1.

Kerfuffle is a humorous-sounding word for a mostly non- (more…)

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