Category Archives: Words

You can never know enough of them.

That this too solid flesh should melt?

This is the poster for the 2008 Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association (ANZSA) conference: Possible topics might include, but are not limited to: Shakespeare and histories and theories of the body, representations of the body, the actor’s body, cultural … Continue reading

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Some words I learned in 2006

inchoate aleatory ambit echt (ok, I actually learned that in 2005, but I just saw it again) lusus naturae aetiology (I really should have known that one already – no excuse) alible amerce mutatis mutandis deictic pogonip enchiridion virgule Sometimes … Continue reading

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A GOOD idea

A friend sent me a link to this new magazine called GOOD. It includes features such as “The Color of War: An embedded artist chronicles Iraq” and “Search And Destroy: Ramming and sinking whale boats wherever they can be found.” … Continue reading

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For once, a difficult vocabulary quiz

Schmies Vocabulary Quiz I found this old but still amusing thing whilst rooting around online at 4am. (Procrastinator::Me.) I usually find vocab quizzes pretty easy, but this one’s tougher than usual. See if you can beat my score (183).

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Beat until light, fluffy, and hypoallergenic

The words that manufacturers use in product packaging can be a little ambiguous. In an earlier post, I noted that the FDA permits the adjective “light” to be used in reference to the texture or appearance of a food, for … Continue reading

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I do call it “pop”!

But people usually think my accent is Canadian. . . What American accent do you have? Your Result: The Inland North You may think you speak “Standard English straight out of the dictionary” but when you step away from the … Continue reading

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Aposematism, 2006. Watercolor on illustration board “Aposematism” is a type of protective signalling mechanism, usually but not always involving bright coloration, that draws the attention of predators. It might seem counterintuitive that potential prey would make themselves more conspicuous, but … Continue reading

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