Tag Archives: word of the day

All is not what it seams

Answering a random call for SEO help - actually it turned out to be canonical URL help - I happened to notice that the site in question referred so something as a "seemless way" to do something. My inner autocorrect went, "hmm" and narrowed its (inner) eyes. Yep, should be "seamless" for sure. Yes, we've…
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Word of the Day: Cattywampus

When I first heard this word used - just last month - I thought it was spelled "kattywompous" perhaps in adjectival rhyme with "pompous."  Alternate spellings are many but catawampus appears to be a close second. As words of the days go, cattywampus was pretty elusive. Cattywampus is not the activity that your cat engages in between 3:30 and 4:15 every morning,…
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The Callipygian Explosion of 1835

Let's not dwell on why I was looking up the word callipygian, or, for that matter, why I checked the Google books ngram graph for it. Let us instead wonder, who, or maybe what, a century and change before Minaj, before Kardashian, even before Mix-a-Lot, inspired such intense, short-lived, and concentrated use of the word callipygian in…
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For Some, Software Engineering is a Matter of Principle

I've long been irritated when people mix up "principal" and "principle" in job titles and elsewhere. If you're unsure about this yourself, please read Grammar Girl's estimable explainer on the subject. Recently, while doing some prospecting on LinkedIn - and learning the ins and outs of advanced and Boolean searches - I thought to check…
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A gob in search of a smacking

From Welcome to Germany comes today's word of the day, Backpfeifengesicht. And what a welcome it would be: The word Backpfeife means "punch/slap" (on the cheek/face) and Gesicht means "face" So a Backpfeifengesicht is pretty much a face in search of a fist. I'm sure we all know such a face. I recommend restraint. Try repeating "Backpfeifengesicht" under…
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Perigee

This weekend the moon was full and in perigee and therefore appeared bigger and brighter than usual, a so-called supermoon. Perigee is the point at which the earth is closest to some object that orbits it in an elliptical path. Apogee is the point of greatest distance between the Earth and a satellite. For stuff orbiting…
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The Sad Paucity of Nope

Do you know what my favorite word is? No? That's right! Huge amounts of time, money, and emotional energy are wasted because some people can't or won't just say NO when they really should. NO is critical to good time management and avoiding spending your valuable time on Other Peoples Problems. It's not a free…
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Word of the day: Disclude

I was minding my own business, trying to sleep during a presentation at a marketing conference, and was abruptly awakened when the presenter said something like, "to prevent those people from receiving this email, you would disclude them on this screen." The meaning was pretty clear by the context, but it was a word I'd never heard before, and…
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Word of the day: Festoon

I'd been using the word festooned for some time - this is the third blog post using it - probably because it's fun to say, but I recently discovered there's a noun, festoon, lurking behind that fun verb. So sayeth wikipedia: A Festoon (from French feston, Italian festone, from a Late Latin festo, originally a festal garland, Latin…
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The limepocalypse is here, but it's not what you think

You may have heard that there's a shortage of and increase in the price of limes going on here in the USA where we get most of our limes from Mexico. I can verify that limes at Haymarket, which could be had six or eight for a buck last year, are going for 50 cents…
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Word of a day: Satisfice

I was going to write a long screed in defense of the idea of satisficing, but this is probably enough to make my point. Satisfice is a portmanteau of satisfy and suffice, and I'm almost always satisfied with a good portmanteau. By contrast, a maximizer would be satisfied only with the best possible portmanteau. To…
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Always Be Knolling

Via BoingBoing, a verb for all seasons: knoll. I drew a blank with knoll in this sense on the usual dictionary sites, but Wikipedia is hep to it, as is Urban Dictionary, admittedly with a few dubious variants. Cory sez, "Knolling is 'the process of arranging like objects in parallel or 90 degree angles as a method of organization.' It…
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