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April 11, 2020

Here are a few of my favorite entries, all beginning with the letter “L,"  from Word and Phrase Origins, a thoroughly delightful book published in 1997.

Lava. The word derives from the Latin labes ("sliding down"), a reference to the molten rock that flows down a mounta...

March 5, 2020

1) That ankle biter is my favorite rello.  

2) That drongo was legless after a few coldies. 

3) I know he's a bludger but he's still my cobber. 

4) I was devo when the Maccas near me closed. 

5) Do you want avo on your sanger? 

6) Too many mozzies out there s'arvo. 

Translat...

February 3, 2020

1) I put my new trainers in my boot.

2) The off-license in my neighborhood sells crisps. 

3) I went to the chemist to buy a dummy. 

4) Doesn't everyone keep jumpers in their wardrobe? 

5) I needed a flannel after eating all of those hundreds and thousands. 

6) He and I use...

January 23, 2020

Some of my favorites from our YWYS Facebook posts:

Aeipathy: Continued passion, unyielding

In a sentence:  His aeipathy for birdwatching was his most defining trait.

Acrasial:  Ill-tempered

In a sentence:  Judge Judy is often acrasial, but rightly so. 

Welkin: The uppe...

December 12, 2019

Here are a few of my favorite entries, all beginning with the letter “K,"  from Word and Phrase Origins, a thoroughly delightful book published in 1997.

Katydid.  John Bartram, America's first great botanist, first recorded katydid in 1751 as the name of the large green...

September 30, 2019

Here are a few of my favorite entries, all beginning with the letter “J,"  from Word and Phrase Origins, a thoroughly delightful book published in 1997.

Jack Frost. Jack Frost has been the personification of frost or cold weather since 1826, when the term was first used...

July 18, 2019

Here are a few of my favorite entries, all beginning with the letter “I,"  from Word and Phrase Origins, a thoroughly delightful book published in 1997.

Iceblink. First recorded in the late 18th century, iceblink is the name seamen gave to the luminous sky caused by lig...

July 8, 2019

John Gummere was born in Swarthmore,  Pennsylvania in 1901. He was educated at the William Penn Charter School (my husband's alma mater), Haverford College, and the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a Ph.D. in Indo-European languages. He devoted his life to educati...

June 27, 2019

Have you ever noticed that most words that begin with "sn" have negative connotations? 

Think about:

  • Snail (in the context of slow, not escargot) 

  • Snafu (although in fairness, this is an acronym)

  • Snag

  • Snap (as in to "snap at" someone, not a lovely ging...

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