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Word Nerd: Eunoia

Eunoia means beautiful thinking or a well mind. In rhetoric eunoia is the perceived or real goodwill a speaker has towards their audience. Eunoia is thought to derive from the Greek word euvoia (well mind) and as a fun fact, eunoia is the shortest word in the English language to contain all 5 of the… Continue reading Word Nerd: Eunoia

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Word Nerd: Meliorism

Meliorism is the belief that the world can be improved through human effort. Meliorism was most likely drawn from the Latin melior (better) or the English meliorate, which is a synonym of ameliorate (to make better). Many credit British novelist George Eliot with coining meliorism and meliorist (an advocate of meliorism) in 1877, though meliorist… Continue reading Word Nerd: Meliorism

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Word Nerd: Lagom

Lagom is a Swedish term and philosophy that means just the right amount. Of course, lagom (like many Swedish terms) doesn't have a true English language equivalent, rather more an attempt to capture the essence of the word. Lagom är bäst or The right amount is best, is a Swedish proverb that sums up the… Continue reading Word Nerd: Lagom

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Word Nerd: Induratize

Induratize is a word meaning to harden one's heart to someone's pleas or advances or to the idea of love. Induratize is, in other words, to close one's very spirit. There are many, many reasons why one would choose to induratize themselves. Heartache is painful, agonizing, and at times it feels like it's just too… Continue reading Word Nerd: Induratize

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Word Nerd: Couthy

Couthy (also spelled couthie) is a rather lovely word meaning agreeable and genial. Couthy goes along quite well with the word hygge, since both words conjure up cozy, comfortable, and utterly delightful thoughts. While couthy is a year-round word, there is something particularly wonderful about it in the cold winter months. In winter one wants to… Continue reading Word Nerd: Couthy

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A Word Nerd 2015 Wrap-Up

Word Nerd Wrap-Up 2015 In Month Order - Wangle, Somnolent, Hiraeth, Sophrosyne, Librocubicularist, & Latibule. Another year of outstanding, spectacular, quaintrelle, and down-right quirky words has flown by! These are a few of my favorites, by month and I really must say that picking only one per month was a bit difficult since I liked… Continue reading A Word Nerd 2015 Wrap-Up