a gentle zephyr from Jane Eyre via LaWhimsy
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Word Nerd: Zephyr

Zephyr (pronounced zef-uhr ) is a pleasing word that means a gentle or westerly breeze. Zephyr derives from the name of the Greek god of the west wind, Zephyrus. Many poets have eulogized Zephyrus, like Geoffrey Chaucer did in "The Canterbury Tales" ~ When also Zephyrus with his sweet breath /Exhales an air in every grove… Continue reading Word Nerd: Zephyr

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Word Nerd: Lenitive

Lenitive means the softening of pain or sorrow. Lenitive derives from the Latin lenire (to soften or soothe) - fun fact lenire also gave us the word lenient which originally meant relieving pain or stress. Lenitive also carries the obsolete meaning of a laxative (in medical terms). Personally I enjoy the word lenitive when using it… Continue reading Word Nerd: Lenitive

blithe beauty the definition of a joyous disposition via LaWhimsy
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Word Nerd: Blithe

Blithe is such a joyful word and it means one who has a blissful, ecstatic disposition. Blithe has taken on a second, not so positive meaning, which is one who shows a casual and cheerful indifference. I don't particularly care for that definition of blithe and prefer to use the word to mean overly joyful… Continue reading Word Nerd: Blithe