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Just “man up” and drop the clicheThe Word Guy

Mon, 03 Jan 2011 16:00:12 +0000

Just “man up” and drop the cliche. Read this at the new “Etyman™ Language Blog.”(image)

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Was it really a Trojan horse?The Word Guy

Sat, 01 Jan 2011 16:00:24 +0000

Was it really a Trojan horse? Check this at the new “Etyman™Language Blog.”(image)

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The Word Guy is now the Etyman™The Word Guy

Thu, 30 Dec 2010 16:00:23 +0000

Two years ago at the time of my 50th birthday, I created a blog with the full title of The Word Guy: Adventures in Etymology. At the time, I was unsure how long I could keep it going and what … Continue reading (image)

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Tue, 28 Dec 2010 04:00:48 +0000

It’s the festive season and dear old Santa has dropped off a Christmas libation. In fact, a whole bottle of libation in the form of a Remy Martin 1738 cognac. Clearly all my childhood years of leaving a glass of … Continue reading (image)

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apodyopsis /ˌæpəʊdaɪˈɒpsɪs/The Word GuyVuvuzelarefudiateApodyteriumUndressingWordle: apodyopsis - etymology

Wed, 15 Dec 2010 16:30:40 +0000

“But that’s not a real word because it’s not in the dictionary!” As we hurtle headlong towards Christmas, and I personally crawl toward my two weeks of vacation time, there are opportunities to play games with friends. My personal preference … Continue reading (image)

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cunning /’kʌnɪŋ/The Word GuyWordle: cunning etymology

Wed, 08 Dec 2010 17:05:21 +0000

One of the rituals of international air travel is that of being asked a number of standard questions by a security official before you can check your luggage. One of the more interesting questions is “Are you carrying anything that … Continue reading (image)

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armistice /’ɑ:mɪsˌtɪs/The Word Guyarmistice posterarmistice north korea bombs southWordle: armistice - etymology

Sat, 27 Nov 2010 03:00:37 +0000

Weekly readers of The Word Guy have probably assumed that I’ve taken an extended break from posting. Well, not quite. The temporary cessation of posts has happened at about the same time as I spent just over a week in … Continue reading (image)

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sachet /’sæʃeɪ/The Word GuyStarbucks AucklandVIA tumblerscented sachet{amac}Wordle: sachet - etymology

Sat, 23 Oct 2010 23:36:54 +0000

It’s no secret that I am a power user of the Starbucks® coffee chain. The staff at my local dispensary not only know me by name but start preparing my drink before I get to the counter. I also have … Continue reading (image)

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enchant /ɛnˈtʃɑnt/The Word GuyEnchant circe invidiosaEnchant Circe Invidiosa original 4-3-08Enchant The-Kiss-Of-The-EnchantressEnchant Burne Jones 1874 Beguiling of MerlinEnchant oscar-de-la-renta47Enchant Ulysses and the Sirens 1891Enchant The_SirenWordle: enchant - etymology

Tue, 12 Oct 2010 06:03:04 +0000

If I were given the chance to choose another era into which to have been born, I’m pretty sure that culturally, the mid- to late-19th century would have suited me fine. Well, provided I were given the resources to avoid … Continue reading (image)

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kinky /’kɪŋkɪ/The Word Guykinky - friedman hairWordle: kinky - etymology

Sun, 03 Oct 2010 00:40:12 +0000

Like most people, my life is governed by Chance. Those folks who think their lives are dictated by some some of Order are sadly mistaken. God not only plays dice with the universe but the Universe itself is nothing more … Continue reading (image)

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