apricity skies via LaWhimsy
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Word Nerd: Apricity

Apricity is an exquisite word that derives from the Latin aprīcus ("warmed by the sun"). Apricity is a particularly apt word since yesterday marked Imbolc which is the middle of the Winter season. It's also the time when the Groundhog makes his prediction and I know many feeling a sense of apricity hope for an early… Continue reading Word Nerd: Apricity

How dare you impugn my charater, sir! image detail from Couple arguing by John Bull via lawhimsy
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Word Nerd: Impugn

Impugn (pronounced as im pyoon) is a word that I love to come across in my reading. Impugn is a transitive verb (it is an action verb that has an object, see the example below), while impugner (the one who impugns) is a noun. Impugn almost always seems to be said in a sort of… Continue reading Word Nerd: Impugn

She's querulous “The Hesitant Betrothed” (1866) by Auguste Toulmouche (1829-1910)
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Word Nerd: Querulous

Querulous is quite the word, meaning someone who's very petulant or peevish in their complaining. A person doesn't have to be simply vocal to be querulous since I find querulousness to be an emotive physical attitude as well. Sighs, eye-rolls, squinched faces and bodies, these all give off a querulous vibe and a fretful, tetchy attitude.… Continue reading Word Nerd: Querulous

Sophrosyne expression detail from with violets wreathed and robe of saffron hue 1902 John Willian Godward
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Word Nerd: Sophrosyne

Sophrosyne (pronounced soh-froh-soo'-neh ) is an ancient Greek concept that characterizes a healthy state of mind that is brought about by self-control, moderation, and a deep awareness of one's true self. Sophrosyne is the idea of your best self and by achieving it, one would find themselves in a state of true happiness and contentment. While… Continue reading Word Nerd: Sophrosyne

lustre in shells from a mermaid cove via lawhimsy
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Word Nerd: Lustre

Lustre (also spelled luster, though I prefer the British spelling lustre) is the sparking, bright shine that a reflective surface gives off. Lustre is a sheen and glow that occurs without glitter (shocking, but oh so true). Eyes have a lustre to them, as do crystals, gems, and seashells. Fur can have a lustre, as… Continue reading Word Nerd: Lustre

Xanadu Heroische Landschaft mit Regenbogen by Joseph Anton Koch
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Word Nerd: Xanadu

Xanadu, what an utterly unique and radically awesome (at least according to the 1980's musical...Where time stops and the magic never ends.) word. It's origins tend to come from Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem "Kubla Khan; or, A Vision in a Dream: A Fragment". In it He describes Xanadu, the the summer capital of the Mongol… Continue reading Word Nerd: Xanadu