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Word Nerd: Sirenize

Sirenize means bewitching or alluring, especially by song. Sirenize is derived from the word siren (Greek temptress) and the verb-forming suffix -ize (to render, make). Sirenize is quite a unique word that means using the enticements of a siren. When one sirenizes, they fascinate, captivate, and charm, usually to devastating or destructive results. Sirens, after… Continue reading Word Nerd: Sirenize

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Word Nerd: Winsome

Winsome means generally pleasing and engaging, often because of a childlike charm or innocence. Winsome derives from the Old English wynn (joy or pleasure). Winsome also means cheerful, lighthearted and charming. Winsome is a fantastic descriptive term that has so many, well, winsome uses! One can have a winsome smile, a winsome laugh, a winsome… Continue reading Word Nerd: Winsome

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Word Nerd: Subnivean

Subnivean means occurring underneath a layer of snow. Subnivean is derived from the prefix sub- and the Latin base niveus or niveous (of snow). Subnivean is a play on last week's Word Nerd niveous, only it means existing, living or carried out underneath snow. Subnivean is also a delightful descriptive word and could be used… Continue reading Word Nerd: Subnivean

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Word Nerd: Niveous

Niveous mean of, or relating to snow; snowy. Niveous derives from the Latin niveus, from nix (snow). Niveous is such a beautiful wintry word. Niveous can be used to describe snowy conditions - "The forest lay quite beneath it's cold, niveous blanket." or "There was mystery in the niveous winter air, so cold and clear… Continue reading Word Nerd: Niveous

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Word Nerd: Ephemeral

Ephemeral means lasting a very short time; transitory. Ephemeral derives from the Greek ephēmeros (lasting a day) , which is made up of epi- (on, upon) and hēmera (day). Ephemeral is an absolutely gorgeous word in pronunciation, spelling and meaning. So many of life's pleasures and beauties are ephemeral, yet their touch, their memory, also… Continue reading Word Nerd: Ephemeral

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Word Nerd: Litterfall

Litterfall is detritus or dead organic material that has fallen to the ground. Litterfall is the combination of the words litter (a disorderly accumulation of objects) and fall (to drop or descend under the force of gravity). Litterfall is characterized as fresh, undecomposed, and easily recognizable (by species and type) plant debris. Pine cones, leaves,… Continue reading Word Nerd: Litterfall