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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

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Word Nerd: Malediction

Malediction is defined as words that express the hope that someone will have bad luck or the utterance of a curse against someone or something. Malediction derives from the Latin maledictiō (reviling). Maledictions are denunciations that invoke a wish or threat of evil to someone or something. Maledictions are about as negative as can be… Continue reading Word Nerd: Malediction

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Word Nerd: Murky

Murky is characterized by a heavy dimness or obscurity caused by or like that caused by overhanging fog or smoke. Murky derives from the Old Norse myrkr (dark, darkness) and the Middle English mirk or murk (also dark or darkness). Murky can also be defined as vague, obscure, unclear or confused, like saying "That's a… Continue reading Word Nerd: Murky

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Word Nerd: Cachinnate

Cachinnate means to laugh loudly or immoderately. Cachinnate originates with the Latin cachinnāre (to laugh boisterously, guffaw) and it's a word of imitative origin modeled after the sound of laughter. Cachinnate is similar to other imitative origin words about laughter that include khakha, which is Proto-Indo-European in origin, kachazzen, which is Old High German, kachazein,… Continue reading Word Nerd: Cachinnate

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Word Nerd: Ante Mortem

Ante Mortem means before death. Ante Mortem (sometimes antemortem) is derived from the Latin ante (before) and mortem mors (death). Ante Mortem is not necessarily morbid, it's more of a reminder of the time before death when life is still present and aware. Autumn is truly a season of ante mortem since it is the… Continue reading Word Nerd: Ante Mortem