hiemal woodland wanderings via LaWhimsy
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Word Nerd: Hiemal

Hiemal means pertaining to winter. Hiemal derives from the Latin word hiems (winter) which is also the base for the term hibernate. Hiemal is anything characteristic of, or occurring in winter. Hiemal is also a less common word for hibernal which has the same definition (and if you are like me, you're going "less common?!").… Continue reading Word Nerd: Hiemal

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the pulchritude of Renée Perle byJacques-Henri Lartigue 1931 via LaWhimsy
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Word Nerd: Pulchritude

Pulchritude is great physical beauty. Pulchritude derives from the Latin adjective pulcher (beautiful). Various forms of pulchritude include the verb pulchrify (which means beautify) and the adjective pulchritudinous (which has the same meaning as pulchritude). Each form of pulchritude describes a heartbreaking, breathtaking form of physical beauty. While most would use pulchritude to characterize someone… Continue reading Word Nerd: Pulchritude

my querencia digital art collage by Ella Patrice of LaWhimsy
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Word Nerd: Querencia

Querencia means home, a favorite spot. Querencia can also mean the part of a bullring where the bull takes its stand, however I much prefer the metaphysical concept. Querencia derives from the Spanish verb querer (to desire) which derives from the Latin quaerere (seek, gain, obtain). Combined these provide the base for the concept of… Continue reading Word Nerd: Querencia

and auld lang syne forevermore via LaWhimsy
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Word Nerd: Auld Lang Syne

Auld Lang Syne means the good old times. Auld Lang Syne is Scottish and literally translates as “old long since”. Auld Land Syne was popularized as a poem written by Robert Burns in 1788, though it was being used in Scottish folk songs as early as the 1500's. Auld Lang Syne is often deemed the… Continue reading Word Nerd: Auld Lang Syne

munificent wishes via LaWhimsy
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Word Nerd: Munificence

Munificence is the quality or action of being lavishly generous. Munificence derives from the Latin term munificentia (bountifulness), which has the stem munificus (which literally means present-making). You can break it down even further to the parts munus (gift or service) and facere (to do). Munificence is bountifulness, liberality, generosity in one glorious word! While… Continue reading Word Nerd: Munificence

nothing is quite so scrummy as a warm drink ona cold morning via LaWhimsy
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Word Nerd: Scrummy

Scrummy is a more casual slang word that means delicious. Scrummy is thought to derive from combing the words scrumptious and yummy for informal use. Scrummy is used to describe that deeply satisfying and pleasing feeling that one gets after consuming something with their senses. I think scrummy is an incredibly, well, scrummy word! As… Continue reading Word Nerd: Scrummy