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Word Nerd: Eccentric

Eccentric is defined as deviating from the recognized or customary character or practice. Eccentric originally derived from the Greek words ex (out of) and kentron (center). The original meaning of eccentric in English meant "out of center" and since around the early 1600's eccentric has been used to describe one who is figuratively off-center. Eccentric… Continue reading Word Nerd: Eccentric

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Word Nerd: Jabberwocky

Jabberwocky is a word describing meaningless speech or writing. The word Jabberwocky originates from the gloriously nonsensical poem "Jabberwocky" that was first published in the book "Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There" in 1871. The poem (and the book) were wildly popular and by 1908 Jabberwocky was being used as a generic term… Continue reading Word Nerd: Jabberwocky

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Word Nerd: Apricate

Apricate means to bask in, or to expose to, the warmth of the sunlight. Apricate, much like apricity, derives from the Latin aprīcus (warmed by the sun). Apricate can be used in it's various forms of apricating, apricated and apricates - all of which are highly appropriate for the Summer season! While apricity relates to longing feelings that… Continue reading Word Nerd: Apricate

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Word Nerd: Occhiolism

Occhiolism is the awareness of the smallness of your perspective in the grandness of the vast scope of the Universe. Occhiolism is from The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows and it's full definition reads as "the awareness of the smallness of your perspective, by which you couldn’t possibly draw any meaningful conclusions at all, about the… Continue reading Word Nerd: Occhiolism

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Word Nerd: Selenophilia

Selenophilia is a love of the moon. Selenophilia derives from the words seleno- (moon) which comes from the Greek selēnē (moon) and philia (strong attraction to) which comes from the Greek philos (loving). So selenophilia is literally moon loving! Selenophilia is a poetic word by nature, since the moon is a figure of poetry, worship… Continue reading Word Nerd: Selenophilia

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Word Nerd: Borborygmi

Borborygmi are the rumbling, gurgling sounds caused by gas moving through the intestines. Borborygmi is the plural form of borborygmus and it is pronounced BOR-boh-RIG-mee. Borborygmi originates from the Greek borborygmos, which was derived from borboryzein (to have a rumbling in the bowels). While there is nothing exactly fun about being borborygmic (suffering from borborygmi),… Continue reading Word Nerd: Borborygmi