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Remoralize: A Word for 2020

January 7, 2020 6:18 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Yesterday I heard the word ‘remoralize‘ for the first time in my life. Or, at least, I heard it as if it were the first time. A friend was talking about politics, in particular voting, and said that people needed to be remoralized. She then excused herself by saying, “I... read more

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Dictionaries and the World of Lexicography

December 3, 2019 6:23 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Dictionaries: not the sexiest topic ever. Even the famous dictionary-maker Samuel Johnson, in the title quote, acknowledged himself to be a “harmless drudge.” Nevertheless, an article in the New York Times this past weekend has inspired me. It is Latin Dictionary’s Journey: A to Zythum in 125 Years (and Counting).... read more

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Hotness: It’s Currently a Thing

September 10, 2019 6:50 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Hotness. It’s currently a thing in romance novels. Has been for a while. So what I’m saying here isn’t new. It’s rather that the story I’m reading at the moment has prompted some thinking. Hotness: No Escalation I’m talking about stories that start: Boom. First page. Sometimes the first paragraph.... read more