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Tag Archives: The English language
Crepuscular, from the Latin word crepusculun, meaning related to twilight, or as the movies call it, the magic hour. It’s when dusk descends into dark, as if nature flips a switch…black, murky, shadowy and dim. Misty, lightless, muted and opaque. … Continue reading
The late, great Bill Hicks, when he was bored, read the dictionary. I didn’t quite get it at the time, but sure do now, since I too have come to love words.
I love listening to others talk, especially when I can actually hear them. The articulate verses the urban…sounds of slang and what’s correct. Often a word jumps out, getting my attention like this morning, eavesdropping on a burly fellow in … Continue reading
While speaking with a friend, she called a guy we both know, cheeky. So not to display my ignorance, rather than ask it’s meaning, I came home to do research. Cheeky, an adjective… impudent or irreverent, typically in an endearing or amusing way: a cheeky grin. … Continue reading
I overheard two men talking. One said to the other, “I really like Kyle, but he’s such a fucking prig.” Prig? Now there’s a word you don’t hear very often, so naturally my ears flapped like Dumbo’s. Prig: a self-righteously moralistic … Continue reading
I’m asked often, if everything I write is true. Let’s put it this way…imagine writing on a long strip of elastic, truth slightly stretched, to enlighten and entertain. Emily Dickinson called it, writing on slant. I call it, accessorizing, yet … Continue reading
I’m reading a book about George H.W. Bush by the esteemed writer, Jon Meecham (Destiny and Power…The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush), and a line jumped out at me… Bush appreciated steadiness over sizzle… Letting it roll around … Continue reading
Whenever a word I’ve never used or even heard of keeps popping up, it gets my attention. Bespoke, an adjective, pertaining to the matter of dress…a natty, well-heeled, personal style…custom-made, made to order to a particular specification. To display…he lived … Continue reading
Lofty…of a noble or exalted nature – towering, soaring, grand and fine. Decent, worthy, virtuous and good. Lofty ideals verses lofty disdain…arrogant, conceited, high-minded and vain. Proud, prissy, superior and smug. Noun…loftiness Adverb…loftily It’s a word that rolls off your … Continue reading