hiemal woodland wanderings via LaWhimsy
Word Nerd

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
Word Nerd

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
Word Nerd

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