Eggcorns and mondegreens

What the heck are these? Eggcorns and mondegreens   http://grammarist.com/mondegreens/    

Happy median or happy medium?

Which is it? Happy median or happy medium? http://grammarist.com/eggcorns/happy-median-or-happy-medium/

abridgment

Definition: (noun) A shortened version of a written work. Synonyms: condensation, capsule. Usage: In a word, I gave him an abridgment of this whole history; I gave him a picture of my conduct for fifty years in miniature. Discuss …read more

glasnost | Soviet government policy | Britannica.com

The Russian word glasnost, translated as “openness,” refers to the Soviet policy of open discussion of political and social issues. The policy was instituted by Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in the late 1980s and began the democratization of the Soviet Union. Source: glasnost | Soviet government policy | Britannica.com

gazundering

Gazundering is a term for a modern phenomenon that refers to the action of a buyer who lowers their offer on a previously agreed sale price, just prior to the contract being signed. http://www.investopedia.com/terms/g/gazunder.asp

Left Handed Compliment

A compliment with two meanings, one of which is unflattering to the receiver: “The senator said that her opponent was quite competent for someone so inexperienced; you hear nothing but left-handed compliments in these debates.” http://www.dictionary.com/browse/left-handed-compliment

Schadenfreude

Schadenfreude is the experience of pleasure, joy, or self-satisfaction that comes from learning of or witnessing the troubles, failures, or humiliation of another. Read More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schadenfreude

Empathy

Empathy is the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within their frame of reference, i.e., the capacity to place oneself in another’s position. Read More… Source: Wikipedia

“furuncle”

Definition: (noun) A painful sore with a hard pus-filled core. Synonyms: boil. Usage: His doctor referred him to a dermatologist who would examine the furuncle on his leg. …read more

Memes

A meme is an idea, thought, or piece of information that is passed from generation to generation through imitation and behavioral replication. The terms memes and memetics, coined by Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, are the cultural counterpart to the biological study of genes and genetics. In his book, Dawkins hypothesizes […]

Advowson

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia For the process for appointing a parish priest in the Church of England, see Parish. Advowson (or “patronage”) is the right in English law of a patron (avowee) to present to the diocesan bishop (or in some cases the ordinary if not the same person) a nominee for appointment to a vacant ecclesiastical benefice or church living, a process […]

Offal

Considered either waste material or delicacy, depending on the cultural context, offal is the entrails and internal organs of a butchered animal. It is prepared and consumed in a myriad of ways throughout the world. In the Philippines, pig intestines are used to make a type of blood sausage called Dinuguan, and in Pakistan, livers, […]

curare

Definition: (noun) A toxic alkaloid found in certain tropical South American trees that is a powerful relaxant for striated muscles. Synonyms: tubocurarine. Usage: The arrow was usually tipped with a poison, such as curare, which would stun or kill the struck prey. Discuss …read more

The Mortarboard Cap

The pileus quadratus, a type of Roman skullcap topped with a horizontal square board, has given rise to a number of similar cap styles, among them the biretta worn by the Roman Catholic clergy and the academic mortarboard cap. The academic headgear is embellished with a tassel or liripipe, which may be dyed black, colored […]

pâro

pâro n. the feeling that no matter what you do is always somehow wrong—as if there’s some obvious way forward that everybody else can see but you, each of them leaning back in their chair and calling out helpfully, “colder, colder, colder…” …read more

“Selling Airplanes”

On Aug. 7, 1955, Boeing’s chief of flight testing, the legendary Alvin “Tex” Johnston, pulled an impressive stunt in the prototype of the Boeing 707. Johnston didn’t just do a flyover. No. At a speed of 490 miles an hour, Johnston executed a barrel roll. The stunt, called a Barrel Roll, was performed in front […]

exulansis

n. the tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because people are unable to relate to it—whether through envy or pity or simple foreignness—which allows it to drift away from the rest of your life story, until the memory itself feels out of place, almost mythical, wandering restlessly in the fog, no […]

Parietal Eyes

Lizards, frogs, lampreys, and some fish species possess a unique organ known as a third, or parietal, eye. Though referred to as an “eye,” this photoreceptive organ does not “see” in the same way that a standard eye does. Instead, it uses a different biochemical method of detecting light than normal eyes and helps regulate […]

onomatopoeia

Onomatopoeia noun is a word which itself sounds like what the word means: Bang, crackle, zip, ha-ha, etc. https://literarydevices.net/onomatopoeia/ Here is a HUGE list of ONOMATOPOEIC words used in complete sentences. You’ll love these original onomatopoeia examples. http://www.ereadingworksheets.com/figurative-language/poetic-devices/onomatopoeia-examples/

windsock

windsock Definition: (noun) A tapered, open-ended sleeve pivotally attached to a standard, that indicates the direction of the wind blowing through it. Synonyms: drogue, air sock, wind cone. Usage: The air traffic controller noted that the airport’s windsock was fully extended. Discuss …read more

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