STRANGE WEATHER WORDS Have you been experiencing strange weather in your part of the country? How would you like to deal with these strange weather phenomena? Hair hygrometer: An instrument that uses strands of human or horse hair to monitor relative humidity. The instrument measures changes in the length of hair that accompany humidity […]
Phrontistery \ˈfräntəˌsterē\ NOUN From the Greek phrontistes, a philosopher or deep thinker, and phrontizein, to reflect upon A thinking place; a place for study For many college students, the library is their phrontistery. Every writer needs a phrontistery.
persiflage [pur-suh-flahzh] NOUN From the French persifler, to banter, and per-, thoroughly 1) Light, good-natured bantering, often somewhat mocking or using a flippant style; friendly teasing 2) Discussing a subject with a frivolous or flippant style When he brought home an award for being the fastest talker in the class, John faced a barrage of persiflage […]
tmesis /[tuh–mee-sis] NOUN From the Ancient Greek tmēsis, which means a cutting When a word or phrase is separated into two parts at a syllable break, and another word or phrase is placed between the parts. It is mainly used to emphasize a word or for humor. Within absolutely:’Oh so lovely sitting abso-blooming-lutely still.’ (from […]
Lethologica [leth-oh-lah’-gi-cah] NOUN From the Ancient Greek lethe, which means forgetfulness + logikos, which relates to thought or reason The temporary inability to remember a word when you need it; the feeling that the word you’re looking for is just outside your memory’s reach, as in “It’s on the tip of my tongue.” Do you have […]
malapropism [mal-uh’-prohp-iz-uhm’] NOUN from the French mal a propos, which means inappropriate The mistake of confusing words that sound similar, especially when it creates a humorous statement. working in tantrum instead of working in tandem From Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” in Act lll Scene 5: “Our watch, sir, have indeed comprehended two auspicious […]