Scarlett with all of her obsequious beaus in gone with the wind
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Word Nerd: Obsequious

Obsequious is one of those darling words that sounds and reads so wonderfully. Obsequious simply rolls off of the tongue so splendidly and using obsequious to describe someone, whether it be a political sycophant or an obnoxious beau or even one of those lost souls who latch onto someone and follow their every movement like… Continue reading Word Nerd: Obsequious

gamine Marie from Daisies 1966 Director Věra Chytilová
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Word Nerd: Gamine

Gamine is a French term that is the feminine of gamin (a waif or street urchin). Gamine is used to describe a female who has a boyish, mischievous charm, though gamine has taken on a more chic meaning what with glamours stars like Audrey Hepburn, Leslie Caron, and Twiggy (to name but a very few)… Continue reading Word Nerd: Gamine

shinrin-yoku forest bathing digital collage via LaWhimsy
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Word Nerd: Shinrin-yoku

Shinrin-yoku (pronounced shin-rin-ya-ku) is a Japanese health term that was developed in the 80's by Mr. Tomohide Akiyama, with shinrin (meaning forest) and yoku (meaning here bathing or basking in). Shinrin-yoku is forest bathing, and it's the medicine of simply being in the forest. The idea behind shinrin-yoku is to encourage people to get outside and allow… Continue reading Word Nerd: Shinrin-yoku

Caim digital art collage by Ella of LaWhimsy
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Word Nerd: Caim

Caim (pronounced as keim) is a Celtic word that originally was the name of a protective spirit in the early pre-Christian days. Caim has since become more of a prayer of protection and is associated with the idea of drawing a protective circle around yourself (or someone else) as a means of safety and sanctuary.… Continue reading Word Nerd: Caim

pneuma the vital breath that is the soul digital collage via LaWhimsy
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Word Nerd: Pneuma

Pneuma is a Greek based word meaning breath, spirit, or wind (and it's pronounced noo-muh). Philosophically, pneuma means a person's soul, their living essence. As an example from A Philosophical Dictionary by Voltaire "'Psyche' was in the breast;'pneuma' was spread throughout the body;and 'Nous' was in the head."  Pneuma could also be used to describe… Continue reading Word Nerd: Pneuma

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Word Nerd: Jovial

Jovial is such a merry, playful word and one that I use quite often. To be in a jovial state of mind is the best and simply saying or writing it is quite cheerful! As a matter of fact, if you're enjoying a farcical entertainment, odds are fairly good that you're in a jovial mood.… Continue reading Word Nerd: Jovial