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This is definitely NOT me today… lexiphanes (lex-SIF-uh-neez) noun    One who uses words pretentiously. I think I’m lucky this morning if I can string together a coherent sentence… wurd courtesy of A.W.A.D. Advertisements

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Best English Teacher T-shirt Ever!

I so need to wear this for a school non-uniform day just once… Thank you One Horse Shy!

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tatterdemalion (tat-uhr-di-MAYL-yuhn, -MALEE-uhn) adjective: Ragged, tattered. noun: A person in ragged clothes. [From Middle English tater, from Old Norse toturr (rag). The origin of demalion is uncertain.] Example: The tatterdemalion costumes in the play foreshadowed the quality of the playacting… … Continue reading

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Wikipedia: Pleonasm is the use of more words (or even word-parts) than necessary to express an idea clearly. The word comes originally from Greek πλεονασμός (“excess”). Merriam Webster: ple·o·nasm Pronunciation: ‘plE-&-“na-z&m Function: noun Etymology: Late Latin pleonasmus, from Greek pleonasmos, … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

‘That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet…’ Romeo and Juliet Hmmm… My name is Elizabeth, which various sources name as meaning ‘God’s promise’, ‘Consecrated to God’, or ‘my God is abundance’. Certainly … Continue reading

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…keeps the doctor (probably the psychiatrist…) away… I used to subscribe to this when I was teaching in Canada, but cancelled it when I came to the UK. This week’s theme: words that seem risque. Today’s word: turdiform (TUR-di-form) adjective … Continue reading

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churlish • \CHUR-lish\ • adjective 1: of, resembling, or characteristic of a churl : vulgar 2: marked by a lack of civility or graciousness : surly 3: difficult to work with or deal with : intractable from Merriam-Webster Online toast … Continue reading

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pluvial • \PLOO-vee-ul\ • adjective 1 a : of or relating to rain b : characterized by abundant rain 2 of a geologic change : resulting from the action of rain from Merriam-Webster Online pluvial morning arises from the mist … Continue reading

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From Merriam-Webster Online: clerihew • \KLAIR-ih-hyoo\ • noun : a light verse quatrain rhyming aabb and usually dealing with a person named in the initial rhyme Hmmm… The thing about people named Bob Is often they can be a snob … Continue reading

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divarication \dye-vair-uh-KAY-shun\ noun 1 : the action, process, or fact of spreading apart *2 : a divergence of opinion There was a divarication over whether or not my classroom actually needed any expensive equipment… 

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