Tag Archives: Webster’s Dictionary

Smug as a Bug in a 6 by 8 Cell

Smug…having or displaying an excessive pride in oneself. Haughty and conceited, self-important and selfish, strutting like a peacock preening its feathers. I read that Bernie Madoff, the most famous swindler on the planet, has petitioned our dear President for an … Continue reading

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How Words Can Make Your Day

 I love language of any kind, but old style words thrill me the most, the feel of them, like slipping into a vintage dress. Alighted is my latest, coming across it at least ten times in three different books. A … Continue reading

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Perseverance, a Persistent Word.

 Perseverance is a noun, meaning, to do something despite delay in reaching a personal goal. Tenacity, diligence, dedication…to be relentless and single-minded…having determination and staying power. It reminds me of a friend’s email address…dedicated always. To have tunnel vision regardless … Continue reading

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A Word for the Woebegone

 Now there’s a word, but not the one I’m about to dissect in all its dismal glory, though a sister word meaning…sad. My friend David will always zero in on one that tends to give me pause. This time it … Continue reading

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A Word for the Heartbroken

Elegy is a word I only seem to hear when I’m in despair.  It’s a tribute, a eulogy, a mournful testament written or given for someone you loved. Webster calls it a poem or serious reflection…typically a lament for the … Continue reading

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A Nutty Word.

I’m on a novel kick these days, a real change from memoir and historical bios. I’m so enjoying the language, like the word chestnut, I found twice in two different books. Not the nut roasting on an open fire, but the term for … Continue reading

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Sui Generis…A Unique Word

My friend David mentioned sui generis, in an email…an adjective meaning, of its own kind..unlike any other…inspiring me to write about it. I knew what it meant, since every once in a while it pops up in a book, describing … Continue reading

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An Appropriate Word

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.

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A Word From The Heart

 When journalist, Bill O’Reilly, was let go from the Fox Network after twenty-one years on the air, his comment was, “I’m disheartened.” That word has stayed with me since. A verb that means, to lose faith and confidence.  To be … Continue reading

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A Cheeky Word

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

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