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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

on words

Words I've looked up lately (at http://dictionary.reference.com )

The idea to keep track started recently with "anodyne" but the germ was planted earlier with "simulacrum" and embiggened by "encromulate".

simulacrum (context "the simulacrum of youth" at http://shoeblogs.com/wordpress/2007/02/07/seventy-is-the-new-forty/ ) 1. a slight, unreal, or superficial likeness or semblance. 2. an effigy, image, or representation
February 7, 2007

anodyne (context: "This lends her Notebook an anodyne quality. " at http://festeringswamp.journalspace.com/?entryid=30 ) 1. a medicine that relieves or allays pain. 4. soothing to the mind or feelings.
April 24, 2007

encromulate (context: "A good full-body sneeze encromulates the frame, as the poet said." at http://www.lileks.com/bleats/archive/07/0407/041307.html )
From James Lileks himself: "Sorry; it's a Simpsons reference. Even worse, it's a reference to something actually never said on the Simpsons, but implied."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Made-up_words_in_The_Simpsons#Cromulent_and_Embiggen "cromulent means valid, acceptable, or possibly commonplace"
Apr 13, 2007

syllabus (context: I use the word a lot at college but wasn't sure of its real meaning and am relieved to discover I do use it correctly.) an outline or other brief statement of the main points of a discourse, the subjects of a course of lectures, the contents of a curriculum, etc.
April 27, 2007

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2 Comments:

Blogger Granny J said...

Lovely words, those! I decided to leave my calling card here, rather than at the sewing blog (which makes me feel guilty for all the projects I never finished or even got around to doing!)

11:58 PM, May 15, 2007  
Blogger JuliaR said...

Oh Granny J, don't feel guilty about the sewing! I still read Jane Espenson's lovely writing blog every day, even though the only writing I am doing right now is blogging and emails. Even though I DO write a lot of emails. :)

11:05 AM, May 17, 2007  

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