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Word Nerd: Riant

Riant means mirthful, smiling, cheerful. Riant can also be defined as having a pleasant aspect, agreeable to the sight, looking bright or cheerful, etc. Riant derives from the Middle French term rire (to laugh) which derives from the Latin rīdēre (to laugh). Riant is such a bright way to describe a person's buoyant, jocund, effervescent… Continue reading Word Nerd: Riant

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Word Nerd: Natsubate

Natsubate is a Japanese word that can be translated as "summer fatigue". Natsubate is the combination of the words natsu (summer) and bate, which is an abbreviation of bateru (to be very tired). Natsubate describes the fatigue (mental, emotional, and physical) that is brought on by the heat and humidity of summer weather. Natsubate has… Continue reading Word Nerd: Natsubate

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Word Nerd: Alpenglow

Alpenglow is the rosy light of the setting or rising sun seen on high mountains. Alpenglow derives from a partial translation of the German Alpenglühen, which combines Alpen (Alps) and glühen (to glow). Alpenglow is also described as an optical phenomenon that appears as a horizontal reddish glow near the horizon opposite of the Sun… Continue reading Word Nerd: Alpenglow

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Word Nerd: Eccentric

Eccentric is defined as deviating from the recognized or customary character or practice. Eccentric originally derived from the Greek words ex (out of) and kentron (center). The original meaning of eccentric in English meant "out of center" and since around the early 1600's eccentric has been used to describe one who is figuratively off-center. Eccentric… Continue reading Word Nerd: Eccentric

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Word Nerd: Jabberwocky

Jabberwocky is a word describing meaningless speech or writing. The word Jabberwocky originates from the gloriously nonsensical poem "Jabberwocky" that was first published in the book "Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There" in 1871. The poem (and the book) were wildly popular and by 1908 Jabberwocky was being used as a generic term… Continue reading Word Nerd: Jabberwocky

apricating bathing beauty via a Vogue beach photo shoot 1940s-60s via LaWhimsy
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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