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Baader–Meinhof Phenomenon

  From Wikipedia: Frequency illusion, also known as the Baader–Meinhof phenomenon or frequency bias, is a cognitive bias in which, after noticing something for the first time, there is a tendency to notice it more often, leading someone to believe that it has a high frequency (a form of selection bias). It occurs when increased …

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Portmanteau

Portmanteaus are cool: A portmanteau or portmanteau word (from “portmanteau (luggage)”) is a blend of words in which parts of multiple words are combined into a new word, as in smog, coined by blending smoke and fog, or motel, from motor and hotel. In linguistics, a portmanteau is a single morph that is analyzed as …

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One Word

“I wish I could say everything in one word. I hate all the things that can happen between the beginning of a sentence and the end.” ~Leonard Cohen

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Figment

“Figment” is defined as “a fabrication, fantasy, invention; something fictitious.” That’s what I expected, but I realized I had never heard the word without the expository “of imagination.” That made me think that perhaps it meant something different. It turns out the phrase is just redundant. On a slightly related tangent: one of my favorite …

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Shenanigans!

I looked up the etymology of “shenanigans,” expecting it to be an Irish word, but it turns out that nobody really knows where it came from. It first appeared in print in San Francisco around 1855. I also learned that “shenaniganery” is a word, and I’m looking for an excuse to use it. 🙂

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Word O’ The Day

Solivagant (noun): one who wanders alone  

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Word O’ The Day: “Apricity”

From Wiktionary: apricity (Noun) (obsolete) The warmth of the Sun in winter. From the Latin aprīcitās, noun of quality from aprīcus (“warmed by the sun”).    

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Words

This was written by Jill Thomas Doyle: An Oxford comma walks into a bar, where it spends the evening watching the television, getting drunk, and smoking cigars. A dangling participle walks into a bar. Enjoying a cocktail and chatting with the bartender, the evening passes pleasantly. A bar was walked into by the passive voice. …

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Bamboozle

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a …

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The two best slang words to come out of the 60s were “drag” and “groovy.” We should use those words more.

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Desire

“Boredom: the desire for desires.”  ~Leo Tolstoy

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Describe

“So much of this world appears according to the words we use to describe it.”  ~Nicole Addison

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