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Word Nerd: Ludic

Ludic means of, relating to, or characterized by play. Ludic derives from the Latin ludus (play or sport). Ludic was coined around the 1940's by psychologists who wanted a term for what children do (you know, play). Ludic may have started off as word to describe the actions of a child, however it has quite… Continue reading Word Nerd: Ludic

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Word Nerd: Solacing

Solacing means to give comfort to, or make cheerful, in grief or misfortune. Solacing can also be used as a noun meaning a source of relief or consolation. Solacing derives from the Latin solari (to comfort), which is also the source of the English words console and consolation. Solacing has several word relations in solace,… Continue reading Word Nerd: Solacing

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Word Nerd: Gigglemug

Gigglemug is Victorian slang for a habitually smiling face. Gigglemug is derived from giggle (laughing in a silly way) and mug (face). Gigglemug is such a silly, fun, kooky Victorian slang word. I mean even seeing it or saying brings a smile to the face, thus making one a gigglemug - don't ya just love… Continue reading Word Nerd: Gigglemug

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Word Nerd: Twaddle

Twaddle is speech or writing that is foolish, silly or untrue. Twaddle is an alteration of the English slang twattle, which is a blend of twiddle (to turn around idly) and tattle(to chatter or gossip secrets). Twaddle was first used around 1782 and twattle was first used around 1540. Twaddle and twattle can be used… Continue reading Word Nerd: Twaddle

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Word Nerd: Noctiphany

Noctiphany is the manifestation of something that happens only at night. Noctiphany is an incredibly rare word that derives from the Latin nocti (night) and the Greek -phany (appearance or manifestation). October, and more specifically the celebration of Halloween, is all about noctiphany. The veil between worlds is at it's thinnest and all kinds of… Continue reading Word Nerd: Noctiphany

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Word Nerd: Execrable

Execrable (pronounced ek-​si-​krə-​blē) is very bad, detestable, hateful, or abhorrent. Execrable derives from the Latin exsecrari (accursed). Execrable is used to describe something so bad it's worthy of being execrated or denounced. A great example is someone who is cursed faces execrable conditions. Nowadays execrable can be used to describe awful conditions or situations. I… Continue reading Word Nerd: Execrable