Category Archives: Word of the Day

Words of the Day – Gray/Black/Brown Thursday and Green Monday

Things change, including where people buy stuff that people want. From downtown shops to the strip mall. Strip mall to indoor mall. Indoor mall to big box store. Big box store to online store. People not only change where they … Continue reading

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Word of the Day – Brigantine (Sailing)

From Wikipedia: In sailing, a brigantine or hermaphrodite brig is a vessel with two masts, only the forward of which is square rigged. Origins of the term Originally the brigantine was a small ship carrying both oars and sails. It … Continue reading

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Word of the Day – Image Macro

This is one of those words that most people don’t know, even though they know the thing. Wikipedia: The term “image macro” originated on forum websites including that of Something Awful.[2][non-primary source needed] The name derived from the fact that … Continue reading

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Word of the Day – Reynolds’ Law and Murray’s Third Law

Good stuff: I haven’t been blogging much lately, because I haven’t had many thoughts that haven’t been better expressed elsewhere. But I have to draw attention to a remark of Glenn Reynolds, which seems to me to express an important … Continue reading

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Word of the Day – Predicate

My fourth grader asked me for help with her English homework, which was all about predicates. I had completely forgotten the difference between objects and predicates and had to look it up. The lesson? Once you graduate high school you’ll … Continue reading

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Word of the Day – Bliss Point

From Word Spy: n. The specific concentration of salt, sugar, or fat that makes a food maximally tasty. Cool word. Previous WOTD – Keytar

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Word of the Day – Keytar

While reading Cracked, the only news source anyone needs, I ran across this: The 1980s were a strange time for established rock musicians. For a while there, it seemed like any band that didn’t employ a keytar player was destined … Continue reading

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The McGurk Effect

Well this is something. In this video you see a close-up of a guy’s mouth saying “ba ba ba.” Then they change the video to the guy mouthing “fa fa fa,” but you still hear the audio of “ba ba … Continue reading

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“There is no such thing really as professional photographers” (and “professional” vs. expert”

New Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is getting heat for this: “…there’s no such thing as Flickr Pro, because today, with cameras as pervasive as they are, there is no such thing really as professional photographers, when there’s everything is professional … Continue reading

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Word of the Day – Bionics/Biomimicry/Biomimetics

From Wikipedia: Bionics (also known as biomimicry, biomimetics, bio-inspiration, biognosis, and close to bionical creativity engineering) is the application of biological methods and systems found in nature to the study and design of engineering systems and modern technology.[citation needed] The … Continue reading

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Word of the Day – Selfie

From Urban Dictionary: A picture taken of yourself that is planned to be uploaded to Facebook, Myspace or any other sort of social networking website. You can usually see the person’s arm holding out the camera in which case you … Continue reading

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Word of the Day – Sleeze

Sleeze: to sneeze properly (into one’s sleeve) when a tissue isn’t handy. (Variation: sneeve.) Previous WOTD – Justified Tuesday – What’s the Badger Game Lindsey Talked About?

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Justified Tuesday – What’s the Badger Game Lindsey Talked About?

In episode 3, Lindsey reveals to Raylan that she and her ex-husband stole from people and that they specifically used something called a badger game. The next weekend I watched a 1941 movie, Shadow of the Thin Man, that mentioned … Continue reading

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Word of the Day – Plasma Globe or Plasma Lamp

Plasma Globe from Wikipedia: A plasma globe or plasma lamp (also called plasma ball, dome, sphere, tube or orb, depending on shape), is (usually) a clear glass orb filled with a mixture of various noble gases with a high-voltage electrode … Continue reading

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Word of the Day – Success Theater

From WordSpy: success theater n. Posting images and stories designed to make others believe you are more successful than you really are. Example Citations: We’ve become better at choreographing ourselves and showing our best sides to the screen, capturing the … Continue reading

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