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Word Nerd: Fusty

Fusty means full of dust and unpleasant smells; very old-fashioned. Fusty most likely derives from the Middle English word foist (wine cask), which in turn derives from the  Medieval Latin word fustis (tree trunk or wood). Fusty originally meant that the wine was so old it had the task of the cask and over time… Continue reading Word Nerd: Fusty

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Word Nerd: Divagate

Divagate means to wander or stray from a course or subject. Divagate derives from the Latin verb divagari, which which comes from dis- (apart) and vagari (to wander). Divagate was first used around 1599. Divagate can suggest the literal like roaming, or divagating, off trail on hike or wandering, or divagating, away from a group.… Continue reading Word Nerd: Divagate

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Word Nerd: Immiseration

Immiseration is the act of making people, a country, an organization, etc poor or impoverished. Immiseration is derived from the New Latin immiserāre (Latin in- (causative pref.) and miser (wretched)) which in turn is derived from the German verelenden (to sink into misery), ver- (causative pref.), and Elend (poverty). Immiseration means to make miserable, especially… Continue reading Word Nerd: Immiseration

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Word Nerd: Myötähäpeä

Myötähäpeä is Finnish for personal embarrassment one feels on account of and for another who is making a fool of him or herself. Myötähäpeä is the combination of myötä (co-) and‎ häpeä (shame). Myötähäpeä is that feeling of embarrassment or shame that one can feel for another person or character when they do something cringey,… Continue reading Word Nerd: Myötähäpeä

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Word Nerd: Lugubrious

Lugubrious means mournful, sorrowful, dismal, or melancholy especially in a way that seems exaggerated. Lugubrious derives from the Latin lugēre (to mourn). Lugubrious was first used around 1585. Lugubrious is something of a mouthful of a word that holds a heavy, sad, though often exaggerated meaning. While one can mourn deeply over something or someone,… Continue reading Word Nerd: Lugubrious

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Word Nerd: Esperance

Esperance means hope. Esperance is an obsolete or archaic word that derives from Middle English esperaunce (hope) which derives from the Old French esperance (hope), which in-turn derives from Vulgar Latin sperantia (unattested), which is from the Latin spērāre (to hope). Esperance was first recorded being used around 1400-1450. Esperance can also be describe as… Continue reading Word Nerd: Esperance