Rascal – (noun) One who is playfully mischievous

Usage: The young rascal, being expert at a variety of feints and dodges, of which my aunt had no conception, soon went whooping away. Synonyms: scamp, imp, rapscallion, scallywag. Discuss …read more

Raymond Kertezc

Raymond Kertezc – Fictional Character Raymond Kertezc is a fictional Poet included in the Minnesota_Multiphasic_Personality_Inventory assessment, survey or test as a control question to help determine if the respondent is actually paying attention to the test questions. There are many articles and a few blogs either about our esteemed poet, his purpose, or even some […]

touchstone

Definition: (noun) A basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated. Synonyms: criterion, standard, measure. Usage: You appear to me to be the very touchstone of responsibility. Discuss …read more

By Jingo

The expression “by Jingo” is apparently a minced oath that appeared rarely in print, but which may be traced as far back as to at least the 17th century in a transparent euphemism for “by Jesus“. The OED attests the first appearance in 1694, in an English edition of the works of François Rabelais as […]

Pig in a Poke.

Pig in a Poke.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig_in_a_poke

palpitation

Definition: (noun) A trembling or shaking. Synonyms: shakiness, trembling, quiver, vibration. Usage: Cornelius put his hand on his heart, to repress as it were its violent palpitation. Discuss …read more

I didn’t get a “harrumph” out of that guy!

I didn’t get a “harrumph” out of that guy! – The Honorable William J. Lepetomane (Mel Brooks) in Blazing Saddles (1974) http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0152998/quotes The Governor expected everyone to show agreement with him by giving him a ‘harrumph’. One politician neglected to do so until urged on by Hedley Lamarr.      

Brobdingnagian

brobdingnagian In Jonathan Swift’s novel Gulliver’s Travels, Brobdingnag is the name of a land that is populated by a race of human giants “as tall as an ordinary spire steeple.” In Gulliver’s first close-up encounter with the giants…… Source: Brobdingnagian | Definition of Brobdingnagian by Merriam-Webster

Gazanging

Gazanging is a term used in the UK to describe when a vendor pulls out of a property transaction and opts to stay put, having previously accepted an offer.[1] Frequently, this occurs due to a change in circumstances, such that the seller no longer wishes to move, or are unable to… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gazanging

anemometer

anemometer Definition: (noun) An instrument for measuring wind force and velocity. Synonyms: wind gauge. Usage: The storm chasers loaded their van with high-tech gear, including a number of powerful anemometers. Discuss …read more

The Curious Case of the Word ‘Sonder’

sonder n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, […]

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

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