From albedo to zugunruhe

There was one of the most enjoyable articles I have read in a long time in yesterday’s Review section of the Guardian. It was one man’s (James Meek) quest to look up and learn every obscure word that he encountered over the past few years. Meek mentioned a few words that I have come across myself, such as ‘litotes’ and […]

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Just be (a) patient

I was reminded of the irony of the way words have double meanings the other day, when a work colleague regaled me with a typical hospital horror. She went for a simple endoscopy, but having changed into one of those horrible polyester gowns, then had to wait for 3 hours before the procedure went ahead – with nothing to do, […]

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A curtilage request

I’m a man of words – that’s my stock in trade and has been for many years. As an example, I prefer “hirsute” above “hairy”, and “belligerent” above “arsey”, although there’s a place for both. So it’s always a nice surprise to come across a word I’ve never used before, let alone even seen. However, it’s a huge shock when […]

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