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Word Nerd: Apricate

Apricate means to bask in, or to expose to, the warmth of the sunlight. Apricate, much like apricity, derives from the Latin aprīcus (warmed by the sun). Apricate can be used in it's various forms of apricating, apricated and apricates - all of which are highly appropriate for the Summer season! While apricity relates to longing feelings that… Continue reading Word Nerd: Apricate

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Word Nerd: Occhiolism

Occhiolism is the awareness of the smallness of your perspective in the grandness of the vast scope of the Universe. Occhiolism is from The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows and it's full definition reads as "the awareness of the smallness of your perspective, by which you couldn’t possibly draw any meaningful conclusions at all, about the… Continue reading Word Nerd: Occhiolism

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Word Nerd: Selenophilia

Selenophilia is a love of the moon. Selenophilia derives from the words seleno- (moon) which comes from the Greek selēnē (moon) and philia (strong attraction to) which comes from the Greek philos (loving). So selenophilia is literally moon loving! Selenophilia is a poetic word by nature, since the moon is a figure of poetry, worship… Continue reading Word Nerd: Selenophilia

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Word Nerd: Borborygmi

Borborygmi are the rumbling, gurgling sounds caused by gas moving through the intestines. Borborygmi is the plural form of borborygmus and it is pronounced BOR-boh-RIG-mee. Borborygmi originates from the Greek borborygmos, which was derived from borboryzein (to have a rumbling in the bowels). While there is nothing exactly fun about being borborygmic (suffering from borborygmi),… Continue reading Word Nerd: Borborygmi

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Word Nerd: Biophilia

Biophilia is a hypothetical human tendency to interact or be closely associated with other forms of life in nature. First coined by Erich Fromm in the 1960's to describe a biological drive toward self-preservation, biophilia is the combination of bio (life) and philia (friendly feeling toward). The definition of biophilia was extended upon in the… Continue reading Word Nerd: Biophilia

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Word Nerd: Dormiveglia

Dormiveglia is the state of being half-asleep or half-awake. Dormiveglia is an Italian word and one that doesn't have a single word equivalent in English, or at least not one that is near as lovely since semi-conscious is somewhat lacking in descriptive delight and essence. Besides, dormiveglia is describing a semi-conscious sleep awake state, not… Continue reading Word Nerd: Dormiveglia