Scene from the new farcical comedy Go-Bang from March 17 1894 The Graphic via LaWhimsy
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Word Nerd: Farcical

Farcical is one of those oh, so wonderful descriptive words that sounds almost as ludicrous as it's meaning implies. To be farcical one needs only to act ridiculous, and not necessarily overly so. Serious situations that become preposterous and nonsensically absurd are farcical to a tee. The current Trump "political" situation is scarily farcical since… Continue reading Word Nerd: Farcical

Aoibhneas delights in Ireland's Celtic glory art collage by LaWhimsy
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Word Nerd: Aoibhneas

  Aoibhneas (pronounced eevnass) is an Irish Gaelic word that translates to mean or refer to the joy we feel from external things such as music, song, scenery and good weather. Aoibhneas is to fill our senses with the world around us. To hear the music, smell the sweet, fresh air, feel the soft, crisp… Continue reading Word Nerd: Aoibhneas

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Word Nerd: Aphorism

An aphorism is a general truth, principle, or astute observation, and spoken or written in a laconic and memorable form, like "if it ain't broke, don't fix it.". Aphorisms are all over the place, shared, re-shared, pinned and re-pinned. I use aphorisms quite a lot, such as in my Monday Mantras - as a matter… Continue reading Word Nerd: Aphorism

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Word Nerd: Neophile

Neophile is another word for neophilia, which is a strong affinity for novelty. A neophile is one who has a tendency to become bored quickly with things and seeks out novelty for novelty's sake. Neophile and Neophiliac, are terms that were popularized by writer Robert Anton Wilson, though they were used by both J.D. Salinger and Christopher Booker… Continue reading Word Nerd: Neophile

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Word Nerd: Umbra

Umbra is one of those really great descriptive words that gets used in detective novels and poetry and scrabble (u words are always great!). Umbra is more than just a shadow, however, since umbra means the darkest, deepest part of a shadow. Umbra is often used in astronomy to describe the cone-shaped area of full… Continue reading Word Nerd: Umbra

chivalry in The Accolade by Sir Edmund Blair Leighton, 1901 via LaWhimsy
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Word Nerd: Chivalry

Chivalry, now here's a word that's thrown around quite a lot, yet often in a rather disparaging way. It can feel as though in the same breath that you hear "Chivalry is dead." you'll hear something about how patronizing chivalrous guys can act toward women or something of the sort - and I call bunk… Continue reading Word Nerd: Chivalry