Sophrosyne expression detail from with violets wreathed and robe of saffron hue 1902 John Willian Godward
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Word Nerd: Sophrosyne

Sophrosyne (pronounced soh-froh-soo'-neh ) is an ancient Greek concept that characterizes a healthy state of mind that is brought about by self-control, moderation, and a deep awareness of one's true self. Sophrosyne is the idea of your best self and by achieving it, one would find themselves in a state of true happiness and contentment. While… Continue reading Word Nerd: Sophrosyne

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Word Nerd: Runcible

Runcible is one of those absolutely fantastic nonsense words that has been in my life for as long as I can remember. The Owl and The Pussycat by Edward Lear was a poem I could recite easily (and often!) by age 4, since it happened to be one of my favorite books. I was always… Continue reading Word Nerd: Runcible

lustre in shells from a mermaid cove via lawhimsy
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Word Nerd: Lustre

Lustre (also spelled luster, though I prefer the British spelling lustre) is the sparking, bright shine that a reflective surface gives off. Lustre is a sheen and glow that occurs without glitter (shocking, but oh so true). Eyes have a lustre to them, as do crystals, gems, and seashells. Fur can have a lustre, as… Continue reading Word Nerd: Lustre

Xanadu Heroische Landschaft mit Regenbogen by Joseph Anton Koch
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Word Nerd: Xanadu

Xanadu, what an utterly unique and radically awesome (at least according to the 1980's musical...Where time stops and the magic never ends.) word. It's origins tend to come from Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem "Kubla Khan; or, A Vision in a Dream: A Fragment". In it He describes Xanadu, the the summer capital of the Mongol… Continue reading Word Nerd: Xanadu

Hiraeth Lady of the sea. Arnold Genthe Autochrome (1910′s)
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Word Nerd: Hiraeth

Hiraeth is an absolutely glorious Welsh term that can be translated quite literally into English as "longing", yet it's true meaning has a great deal more nuance to it then simple longing. Hiraeth describes a deep, inborn sense of yearning for a home, a feeling, a place or person that is beyond this plane of… Continue reading Word Nerd: Hiraeth

james abbott mcneill whistler - female nude with diaphanous gown
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Word Nerd: Diaphanous

Diaphanous is one of those utterly delicious descriptive words that I adore sprinkling about my conversations. The word alone sounds every bit as divine as it's meaning, I mean by just saying diaphanous denotes a sense of delicate elegance. The air on an early, clear Spring day has a sort of diaphanous quality to it… Continue reading Word Nerd: Diaphanous