M.Leddy + words   623

Dreaming of autumn and fall
Precognitive dreaming? Autumn, fall, Mutts, and synonymity.
comics  dreams  words 
6 hours ago by M.Leddy
Word of the day: panoply
A word I can live without. But gosh, is its origin surprising.
words 
6 hours ago by M.Leddy
Potrzebie
A Mad word in Zippy.
comics  words  Zippy 
12 days ago by M.Leddy
Killing “craft”
Brett Kavanaugh said this morning that he was not involved in “crafting” a program of enhanced interrogation techniques or its legal justifications. How urbane.
words 
18 days ago by M.Leddy
Oliver Sacks and words
In The New York Times, Bill Hayes writes about Oliver Sacks’s love of words.
OliverSacks  words 
20 days ago by M.Leddy
The guys problem
Joe Pinsker writes about the problem with — and without — the word “guys.”
words 
28 days ago by M.Leddy
Word of the day: involve
I began to wonder what’s wrong with “involve” and whether a recommendation to avoid it could be found elsewhere.
usage  words 
28 days ago by M.Leddy
MSNBC, sheesh
“To tell everything that he knows fulsomely and honestly.”
sheesh  usage  words 
5 weeks ago by M.Leddy
From the BBC: Word of Mouth
An excellent podcast: Word of Mouth (BBC Radio 4).
language  podcasts  words 
5 weeks ago by M.Leddy
MSNBC, sheesh
“Stone is of tantamount interest to Mueller.”
sheesh  words 
6 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Thanks to the dictionaries
Dictionary work: a crucial factor in a federal court’s decision this week to allow an emoluments-clause lawsuit against Donald Trump to proceed.
dictionary  words 
7 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Soy what?
The Washington Post reports that the Food and Drug Administration will forbid the use of the word milk in the names of plant-based products.
food  words 
8 weeks ago by M.Leddy
“DEMENTED WORDS”
I look forward to the day when we are no longer a country that will stand for Donald Trump’s demented words of violence and death. Also his demented words of racism, misogyny, xenophobia, and vilification of all who oppose him.
politics  words 
8 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Soil as a verb
A Henry panel. “Soil” is a verb you don’t hear much these days.
comics  dowdyworld  Henry  words 
8 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Meddling
A column in The Washington Post says, “Stop calling it ‘meddling.’” I’m there. Or was there and am there. I wrote about this word in February 2018.
politics  words 
8 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Sliding pond
A sliding pond (or sliding pon) is what most English-speaking United States residents would call a slide or, less commonly, a sliding board or sliding plank.
childhood  NewYorkCity  words 
10 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Words from politics
This week from Anu Garg’s A.Word.A.Day , words from politics: malfeasance, nepotism, emolument, collusion, impeach. Yep. They all fit.
politics  words 
12 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Two words
Which word more accurately characterizes people leaving Central America and seeking asylum in the United States, “migrant,” or “refugee”?
words 
june 2018 by M.Leddy
NJ OED
The Oxford English Dictionary is looking for words from New Jersey.
dictionary  NewJersey  OED  words 
june 2018 by M.Leddy
W2’s mommy
What does Webster’s Second do with the word?
dictionary  words 
may 2018 by M.Leddy
Cake revision
“Summa --- Laude.”
culture  words 
may 2018 by M.Leddy
Word of the day: aegis
The modern meanings of aegis always throw me for a moment, because when I see the word I think of Athena, whose aegis scares the bejeezus out of people.
Greek  Homer  Odyssey  words 
april 2018 by M.Leddy
Anti-Establishment
Striking back at the processed milkshake establishment.
dowdyworld  food  restaurants  words 
april 2018 by M.Leddy
Euphemisms of the NYT
It’d be nice if the Times could get its stuff together and figure out how to handle naughty words.
NewYorkTimes  words 
march 2018 by M.Leddy
Needed: a word other than “meddle”
“Russian meddling” is too trivial a description of what’s gone on.
culture  words 
february 2018 by M.Leddy
Bastard file
I just used such a file to make a door accommodate a new knob. But why is it called a bastard file?
etymology  tools  words 
february 2018 by M.Leddy
Failsonry?
This word appears to exist only in Josh Marshall’s tweet and subsequent retweets. What’s it mean?
words 
january 2018 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
The American Dialect Society has picked its word of the year.
words 
january 2018 by M.Leddy
More bad words
The Washington Post reports that the Centers for Disease Control is not alone in cuts to vocabulary.
GeorgeOrwell  politics  words 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
The seven words you can’t write at the CDC
Forbidden words: “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”
GeorgeOrwell  politics  words 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
Oxford Dictionaries announces its word of the year.
culture  dictionary  words 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
At the Manor
From an Alice Munro story.
AliceMunro  words 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
M-W sentence challenge
“In the name of federalism, show some empathy, or at least some syzygy, you complicit gaffe-prone dotard,” the hurricane warned, “before I turn you into a gyro platter and recuse myself!”
culture  dictionary  words 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
New AHD entries
Burner, saltimbocca, GOAT: among the additions this year to the American Heritage Dictionary.
dictionary  words 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
Word of the day: wrangler
At many a performance of The Nutcracker, the volunteering parents who manage the young dancers backstage.
words 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
Word of the day: sledgehammer
Walking through the hardware store, I wondered: why sledgehammer? Does it have something to do with sledding? A mighty hammer used to free a sled stuck in ice? No.
words 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
Dry goods, &c.
What are dry goods anyway?
dowdyworld  words 
november 2017 by M.Leddy
More blizzardous
I went looking for John Ashbery’s word “blizzardous” in Google Books and found an 1888 column by one J. Ashby-Sterry.
JohnAshbery  words 
october 2017 by M.Leddy
Kafkaesque
Trending at Merriam-Webster.
Kafka  words 
october 2017 by M.Leddy
Misused word of the day: refute
Pay attention to the news for a while, and you’ll notice the word misused.
BryanGarner  words 
september 2017 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
Stornography, now appearing in a cartoon.
television  weather  words 
september 2017 by M.Leddy
Stornography
The commodification of horrific weather into televised spectacle.
television  weather  words 
september 2017 by M.Leddy
Lash tab
Elaine and I were getting coffee in the library when I wondered about the patch on her backpack.
words 
september 2017 by M.Leddy
Words, can’t stand ’em
Fresca at l’astronave has written a post about words she can’t stand.
words 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
Word of the day: zaatar
“In Middle Eastern cuisine: a condiment made from any of these herbs (esp. thyme) singly or in combination, with dried sumac, toasted sesame seeds and salt.”
food  words 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
“Zillions”
A fine episode of Helen Zaltzman’s podcast The Allusionist, about hyperbolic indefinite numerals.
numbers  words 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
A good skate
I had to look it up.
idiom  words 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
Some prepositions
“Can we move on off of that?”
words 
july 2017 by M.Leddy
Word of the night: owl-hoot
The earliest meaning, now archaic and rare: “dusk, nightfall.”
OED  words 
june 2017 by M.Leddy
Workplace expression of the day
Hard stick : used in the world of medicine.
words 
june 2017 by M.Leddy
On hope
Imagine a chair or dean, after a meeting has ended, asking for a private word with a faculty member who suspects plagiarism in the work of some favored student: “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Biff go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
politics  words 
june 2017 by M.Leddy
Zippy bangles
“Stretchable diamond bangles.”
comics  words  Zippy 
june 2017 by M.Leddy
Iambic beer?
For the splittest of seconds, I misread a word in the definition for “Kriek,” the Oxford English Dictionary Word of the Day.
misreading  OED  poetry  words 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
A real nut job
I found this defenseless creature online and combed its tail forward.
art  politics  words 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
Word of the day: nut job
Perhaps nut job will be the 2017 word of the year.
politics  words 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
Word of the day: nixie
“Post which cannot be forwarded by the postal services because it is illegibly or incorrectly addressed.”
mail  OED  words 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
Orient and orientate
Choosing “orientate” on either side of the Atlantic might mark a speaker or writer as something of an outlier.
usage  words 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
Nomenclature
I am a sous-farmer.
words 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
If ever there was a need for misinflammation . . .
Anthony J. Blinken’s opinion piece in today’s New York Times cries out for use of the timely word misinflammation, coined in these pages last year.
culture  politics  truth  words 
april 2017 by M.Leddy
Houses, homes, legs, limbs
From Willa Cather’s My Ántonia (1918).
WillaCather  words 
april 2017 by M.Leddy
Review: Word by Word
Kory Stamper’s Word by Word does for lexicography what Mary Norris’s Between You & Me does for copyediting: it makes visible the work, the worker, and the workplace.
dictionary  grammar  usage  words 
april 2017 by M.Leddy
“Hungh?”
An odd question in Mark Trail.
comics  MarkTrail  OED  words  ZoraNealeHurston 
april 2017 by M.Leddy
Word of the day: heirloom
Long story short: an heirloom isn’t a weaving machine, nor is it something looming in the distance. Nor is it related to Erroll Garner, though the rights to “Misty” would be quite a heirloom.
dictionary  OED  words 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
Cosmetic, cosmos
I wondered last night in a conversation with friends: could cosmetic and cosmos be related? Yes, they could be, and are.
OED  words 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
Word of the day: enrichen
“EZ-Straw helps enrichen soil for . . . GREAT RESULTS!”
words 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
Word of the day: counterpane
Why it means “bedspread.”
words 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
“An enemy of the people”
Long story short: the French Revolution, an Ibsen play, Lenin, Stalin, and sometimes Mao.
history  politics  words 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
Dictionaries rising
From the Fashion and Style pages of The New York Times, a report on increased interest in dictionaries.
dictionary  politics  truth  words 
february 2017 by M.Leddy
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