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Word Nerd: Vernorexia

Vernorexia is the feeling of romance that comes with the arrival of springtime. Vernorexia is derived from vernal (of or relating to the spring) and -orexia (desire or appetite as specified by the initial element). Vernorexia (pronounced virn-O-rex-se-ya) is a very newly created word so far as I can tell. I stumbled upon it via… Continue reading Word Nerd: Vernorexia

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Word Nerd: Ombrifuge

Ombrifuge is something that provides protection from the rain; specifically an umbrella. Ombrifuge derives from ombro (indicating rain) - and ombro is from the Greek ombros (shower of rain) - and fuge (expelling or dispelling either a specified thing or in a specified way) - and fuge derives from the Latin fugare(cause to flee). Ombrifuge… Continue reading Word Nerd: Ombrifuge

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Word Nerd: Sláinte

Slainte means health in Irish and Scottish Gaelic. Sláinte is derived from the old Irish slán (safe or healthy) and the suffix tu .FYI, slán also means advantageous and can also be linked to the Latin salus (health) and the German selig (blessed), neat, huh?! Sláinte is pronounced like slawn-che and it's most commonly used… Continue reading Word Nerd: Sláinte

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Word Nerd: Fernweh

Fernweh (pronounced feirn-vay) means a longing for far-off places. Fernweh is a German word that combines fern (far) and weh (pain, misery, woe). Fernweh is that ache you can feel when you long to travel and explore distant places. Fernweh is when you miss somewhere you've never been, yet yearn for. Fernweh is a desire… Continue reading Word Nerd: Fernweh

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Word Nerd: Frabjous

Frabjous means wonderful or extraordinary. Frabjous started as a nonce word in Lewis Carrol's Jabberwocky and is most likely a combination of the words fair, fabulous, and joyous.   Frabjous was first seen and read in the Jabberwocky poem as "O frabjous day!", and indeed it 'twas since the infamous Jabberwocky had been defeated! Frabjous,… Continue reading Word Nerd: Frabjous

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Word Nerd: Cattywampus

Cattywampus means crooked, out of alignment, sideways, crazy, askew. Cattywampus first recorded use was in 1830-1840 and it is thought to be a combination of cata (diagonally) and wampus, which derives from the Scottish wampish (to flop around). Cattywampus is also an alternate spelling of the word catawampus (askew, awry, cater-corner). Cattywampus is very much… Continue reading Word Nerd: Cattywampus