M.Leddy + words   700

Nancy, champeen
The ghosts of my grandparents are speaking through Nancy.
comics  Nancy  words 
6 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Small pleasures
House Manager Adam Schiff (D, California-18) today spoke the word copasetic on the Senate floor. And he referenced some famous phrasing from Casablanca : “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world,” casting Burisma as Rick’s Café Américain.
film  metaphor  words 
6 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Word of the day: tranche
I thought the word would be trending at Merriam-Webster. No soap.
dictionary  words 
9 weeks ago by M.Leddy
“Us”
Donald Trump*, in advance of signing his “deal” with China, acknowledging audience members Sheldon and Miriam Adelson: “They’re tremendous supporters of us and the Republican Party.” Us = me, not the country. It’s the presidential plural again.
politics  words 
10 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Word of the day: lackadaisical
To care and not to care: it seems that lackadaisical points in both directions.
words 
11 weeks ago by M.Leddy
“We”
The presidential plural.
words 
december 2019 by M.Leddy
A short paws
Chicken paws are, indeed, not feet.
food  words 
december 2019 by M.Leddy
All dais long
They keep saying \ˈdī-əs\.
pronunciation  words 
december 2019 by M.Leddy
What?
Representative Matt Gaetz (R, Florida-1) just referred to the Rorkshire — or was it Yorkshire? — inkblot test.
pronunciation  words 
december 2019 by M.Leddy
-ic
Rep. Doug Collins (R, Georgia-9) must really be losing it. He just referred to the Democratic (not “Democrat”) Party.
words 
december 2019 by M.Leddy
M-W’s Word of the Day
For an English major of a certain age, sodden , like sempiternal , immediately suggests T.S. Eliot’s “Little Gidding.”
words 
december 2019 by M.Leddy
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“They,” another word of the year.
culture  dictionary  words 
december 2019 by M.Leddy
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“Voice,” another word of the year.
culture  dictionary  words 
december 2019 by M.Leddy
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Words of the year, now with “cancel culture .”
culture  dictionary  words 
december 2019 by M.Leddy
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Words of the year, now with “existential .”
culture  dictionary  words 
december 2019 by M.Leddy
The prodigal failson
Last year the word “failsonry” had me stumped. The word I really needed to look up: “failson.”
words 
december 2019 by M.Leddy
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Another word of the year: “upcycling.”
culture  dictionary  words 
december 2019 by M.Leddy
Warfighter on The Late Show
On The Late Show last night, Stephen Colbert commented on the appearance of the word warfighters in a presidential tweet.
culture  words 
november 2019 by M.Leddy
The ubiquitous warfighter
To my ear, warfighter has something of the sound of a kenning. As spoken by our president, it sounds like a sanction for war crimes. A service member belongs to a community with norms and values; a warfighter is an independent agent. A warfighter: so anything goes.
culture  words 
november 2019 by M.Leddy
“O.K.,” “K,” “kk”
In The New York Times, a Q & A column about workplaces covers “kk,” which some younger people apparently prefer to “OK” or “K” in e-mail and texts.
e-mail  words 
november 2019 by M.Leddy
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Words of the year: now with climate emergency.
culture  dictionary  words 
november 2019 by M.Leddy
Word of the day: franistan
Franistan, kravistate, and Zippy.
comics  words  Zippy 
november 2019 by M.Leddy
Words of the year
From the Collins Dictionary, climate strike .
culture  dictionary  words 
november 2019 by M.Leddy
Another delegitimatize
The thought of Trump and The New Yorker being on the same page usage-wise is, as a wishy-washy observer of politics might say, “troubling.”
NewYorker  words 
november 2019 by M.Leddy
New “words”
Apprenti : like alumni ?
words 
november 2019 by M.Leddy
“An important Rubicon”
A Rubicon is by definition important. Ask Julius Caesar. Or Austin Dickinson and Mabel Loomis Todd.
usage  words 
october 2019 by M.Leddy
Not prolific
The word’s associations with new life and creativity make it a particularly grotesque choice for characterizing a killer.
usage  words 
october 2019 by M.Leddy
“Tippy-top”
Donald Trump just stated that "our nuclear" is in "tippy-top shape."
words 
september 2019 by M.Leddy
Merriam-Webster and they
There’s no doubt that it is an established member of the English language, which means that it belongs in Merriam-Webster’s dictionaries.
dictionary  words 
september 2019 by M.Leddy
Word of the day: fuliginous
It’s a word I immediately associate with David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest.
DavidFosterWallace  words 
september 2019 by M.Leddy
“Multiple shade options”
Our new toaster (Cuisinart) has “multiple shade options.” Or as plain-speaking people might say, it toasts light and dark.
words 
september 2019 by M.Leddy
Word of the day: loiter
With a special guest star: litter.
words 
september 2019 by M.Leddy
Word of the day: Nowheresville
Excuse me: Peoria is the second largest city in central Illinois (after Springfield). Nowheresville my eye.
words 
august 2019 by M.Leddy
Needs studied
From Chicago magazine, “A Downstate Illinois Dictionary.” With fronted o, need + past participle, and positive anymore.
Illinois  language  words 
august 2019 by M.Leddy
About retronyms
“An unexpected delight of summer”: Caren Lissner writes about retronyms.
language  words 
july 2019 by M.Leddy
Not “home”
It’s startling to see a The New York Times article refer to Jeffrey Epstein’s 71st Street mansion as a “home.”
NewYorkTimes  words 
july 2019 by M.Leddy
Word of the day: obbligato
The word of the day, or of my day, because I just learned all about the word’s origins, is obbligato.
music  words 
july 2019 by M.Leddy
Puzzled about nepenthe
How did nepenthe make its way into today’s Sunday Puzzle? My guess is that Will Shortz has many lists of words, searchable in many ways, and thus found this word.
Homer  Odyssey  words 
july 2019 by M.Leddy
An afterthought
To rebut is not to refute, and to say is not to argue.
words 
july 2019 by M.Leddy
No argument
To argue is “to give reasons for or against something.” To demand or insist is not to argue.
words 
july 2019 by M.Leddy
The Irish “grand”
Stan Carey looks at the Irish “grand.”
Ireland  words 
july 2019 by M.Leddy
Concentration camps
Masha Gessen: “It is the choice between thinking that whatever is happening in reality is, by definition, acceptable, and thinking that some actual events in our current reality are fundamentally incompatible with our concept of ourselves — not just as Americans but as human beings — and therefore unimaginable.”
truth  words 
june 2019 by M.Leddy
“Scientifically” vs. “just words”
Donald Trump, yesterday: “It’s documented scientifically, not just words.” An odd sentence, in several ways.
language  science  truth  words 
june 2019 by M.Leddy
“Research has shown”
Diana Senechal: “‘Research has shown’ — the phrase struck me with its vagueness, its exaltation of research (regardless of quality), and its use as a mallet to quash discussion.”
words 
june 2019 by M.Leddy
Phalanges and phalanxes
The question came into my head when we were walking: are the words phalanges and phalanx related? Because a phalanx is like a whole bunch of phalanges, isn’t it?
words 
june 2019 by M.Leddy
Word of the day: coolth
In a parallel universe, people might be listening to Miles Davis’s The Birth of the Coolth.
words 
june 2019 by M.Leddy
“London particular”
Dickens traded one particular for another, turning wine into fog.
Dickens  words 
may 2019 by M.Leddy
Word of the day: snitty
William Barr on Robert Mueller‘s letter: “The letter’s a bit snitty, and I think it was written by one of his staff people.“ Merriam-Webster has a nice entry for snitty, a word now trending.
words 
may 2019 by M.Leddy
“What’s a parvenu?”
A nice bit of dialogue from Stan & Ollie (dir. Jon S. Baird, 2018).
film  words 
april 2019 by M.Leddy
Word of the day: fantod
“‘The U.S.A. fantods are meaning fear, confusion, standing hair.’”
DavidFosterWallace  words 
april 2019 by M.Leddy
“After you,” “Go ahead”
Is there much difference between saying “After you” and and saying “Go ahead”? Is one more appropriate than the other?
words 
march 2019 by M.Leddy
Sharpied
Kellyanne Conway, as heard on CNN a little while ago, talking about Donald Trump’s preparation for his State of the Union address: “He Sharpied up a lot of the passages.”
pens  words  writing 
february 2019 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
Words of the year, now with Me Too.
dictionary  words 
january 2019 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
Another word of the year: justice.
dictionary  words 
december 2018 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
Words of the year, now with Canberra bubble.
dictionary  words 
december 2018 by M.Leddy
Fingers or numbers
Which meaning of digit came first, finger, or number?
words 
december 2018 by M.Leddy
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Another word of the year: “single-use.”
dictionary  words 
december 2018 by M.Leddy
Word of the day: preceptor
As a preceptor, I was precepting all the time. But I never thought of my work in that way, and I don’t think that I ever thought about my title.
words 
november 2018 by M.Leddy
P Is for Pterodactyl
Good clean fun for the nerdish young: P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever.
books  words 
november 2018 by M.Leddy
“Hi” vs. “hello”
From Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon.
fiction  usage  words 
november 2018 by M.Leddy
Hedges
Kinda, sorta, and more, in the comic strip Zits.
comics  language  words 
november 2018 by M.Leddy
Secret, secretary
Ammon Shea: “When I learned that secretary meant “one privy to a secret” during the fourteenth century I was utterly delighted.”
dictionary  etymology  OED  words 
october 2018 by M.Leddy
Practicing
At a debate, a political candidate uses appallingly dated language.
words 
october 2018 by M.Leddy
Words of the day: apricity, apricot
Does “apricot” have anything to do with “apricity”? No and yes.
OED  words 
october 2018 by M.Leddy
Scene from an Eye-talian restaurant
The owners had thought of almost everything.
food  pronunciation  words 
october 2018 by M.Leddy
Word of the day: úhtcearu
From the Anglo-Saxon: “care that comes in the early morning,” especially appropriate today.
words 
september 2018 by M.Leddy
Dreaming of autumn and fall
Precognitive dreaming? Autumn, fall, Mutts, and synonymity.
comics  dreams  words 
september 2018 by M.Leddy
Word of the day: panoply
A word I can live without. But gosh, is its origin surprising.
words 
september 2018 by M.Leddy
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