the poetry of dormiveglia a digital art collage by LaWhimsy from a photo by sarah diniz outeiro
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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

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crytoscopophilia photo by anton darius thesollers via LaWhimsy
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Word Nerd: Crytoscopophilia

Crytoscopophilia is the urge ones feels to look through peoples windows as they pass by their houses. Crytoscopophilia is not to be confused with a peeping tom or voyeur since it is specific in it's definition as a glance or glimpse as one passes by. I suppose that one could perverse crytoscopophilia but there is… Continue reading Word Nerd: Crytoscopophilia

Retrograde planet gif by Winston Duke on GIPHY via LaWhimsy
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Word Nerd: Retrograde

Retrograde describes backwardness, or the appearance of backwardness, of one kind or another. Retrograde derives from the Latin term retrōgradī (to go backward) which in it's turn derives from gradi (to walk, go). A more obsolete definition of retrograde has it meaning opposed or contrary, which actually works perfectly considering the backwards definition. Most everyone… Continue reading Word Nerd: Retrograde

Dóchas field of hope via LaWhimsy
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Word Nerd: Dóchas

Dóchas is an Irish word that means hope, especially hope for the future. Dóchas is pronounced doe-hass and it conjures up a sense of trust, optimism, faith and confidence. Because of this, dóchas is frequently used in the titles of various Irish organizations and institutions. Dóchas is an ideal word for me to pick as… Continue reading Word Nerd: Dóchas

jollification party time confitti via LaWhimsy
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Word Nerd: Jollification

Jollification is any joyous diversion or festivity. Jollification is a combination of jolly and -fication which is a word-forming element meaning "a making or causing"and it appears to have been first used in or around 1809-1810. It's said that jollification's shortened form of jolly led to phrase "get one's jollies", which is apt and hilarious.… Continue reading Word Nerd: Jollification

the sempiternal nature of a darkening twilight sky via LaWhimsy
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Word Nerd: Sempiternal

Sempiternal means of never-ending duration or eternal, everlasting and unchanging. Sempiternal derives from the Latin semper (always) and from the the Latin sempiternus (everlasting). While eternal and sempiternal are often used the same way, philosophically they differ since eternal is used to describe something that is infinite outside the bounds of time while sempiternal is… Continue reading Word Nerd: Sempiternal