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Words and all that

Word power

Interesting words encounterd while wandering through the blogosphere.

anodyne (AN-uh-dahyn), n. -- a medicine that relieves or allays pain; anything that relieves distress or pain; and, adj. -- relieving pain; soothing to the mind or feelings, as in: "Some viewe the Confederate flag as an ugly reminder of slavery, while others see it as an anodyne symbol of Southern heritage and military valor."

Listen up, guys

Oh, brother. Or perhaps that should be oh, person. "You guys" is now on the "stop saying it, it's creeping sexism and offensive" list:

Word power

Interesting words encountered while wandering through the blogosphere.

interlocutor (in-ter-LOCK-yuh-ter), n. -- a person who takes part in a conversation or dialogue; a persons who questions; interrogator, as in: When reading the responses to my blog posts, I am disappointed to discover insults from trolls, but heartened when I encounter interlocutors who advance the coversation even when they disagrre with me.

Pharoah

I've admitted a time or two to being nitpicky, but this is too much even for me:

Zayat Stables picked American Pharoah’s incorrectly spelled name from a fan submission contest on their website.

Word power

Interesting words encountered while wandering through the blogosphere:

predation (pree-DAY-shun): plundering; the act of plundering or robbing; predatory behavior, as in: "The United States does not seem to know what to do about Vladimir Putin's predation in Ukraine."

Word power

Interesting words I encountered while wandering through the blogosphere.

From an article about some sneering left-wing writers at PEN, which, among other thngs, gives out a yearly award for journalistic courage, boycotting the awards ceremony for the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists killed last year for daring to satirize militant Islam, because, you know, they were using the right to free expression, for (gasp!) hate speech:

Word power

Interesting words I encountered while wandering through the blogosphere.

Word power

Interesting words I encountered while wandering through the blogosphere.

synecdoche (si-NEK-duh-kee). n.  -- a figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole or the whole for a part, the special for the general or the general for the special. "Nice set of wheels" to mean "nice car" is an example of synecdoche, as is "you ain't no Einstein" to impugn someone's intelligence.

Word power

Interesting words I encountered while wandering through the blogosphere.

obloquy (OB-luh-kwee), n. -- discredit, abuse or bad repute resulting from public blame, abuse or denunciation, as in: "Indiana has been showered with obloquy this week by sneering liberal elites."

Word power

Interesting words I encountered while wandering through the blogosphere.

prepossession (pree-puh-zesh-uh-n), n. -- a prejudice or bias, especially in favor of a person or thing, as in: "When I encounter someone with a liberal prepossession, I listen to his arguments a little more suspiciously."

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