Word Nerd

Word Nerd: Knackered

Knackered is defined as very tired, exhausted or worn down. Knackered is derived from knacker (to kill or wear out). Knackered also comes from the noun knacker which meant one who made harnesses or saddles. Knackered is considered British slang that originates from 1971, though the first recorded use of knacker dates to around 1885… Continue reading Word Nerd: Knackered

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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

Monday Mantras

Monday Mantra 286 – Comparison is the thief of joy

"Comparison is the thief of joy” ~ Theodore Roosevelt Why allow your joy to be stolen... "Comparison is the thief of joy" How often each day do you compare yourself to others? Quite a lot, no? Now, how often are those comparisons favorable to yourself? About the same amount? You are so not alone. With… Continue reading Monday Mantra 286 – Comparison is the thief of joy

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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

Monday Mantras

Monday Mantra 285 – The heart that gives thanks is a happy one, for we cannot feel thankful and unhappy at the same time

"The heart that gives thanks is a happy one, for we cannot feel thankful and unhappy at the same time.” ~ Douglas Wood Gratitude is more than a feeling, it is a way of fully being... "The heart that gives thanks is a happy one, for we cannot feel thankful and unhappy at the same… Continue reading Monday Mantra 285 – The heart that gives thanks is a happy one, for we cannot feel thankful and unhappy at the same time

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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