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Love for Words — xenophile

January 1st, 2020 ___ Among travelers xenophiles imbibe in particularly fulfilling experiences. “Xenophile,” pronounced [ZEN-uh-fyle] or [ZEE-nuh-fyle], combines the Greek xenos that means “stranger, guest,” or “strange, foreign, alien,” and the Greek philos that means “loving.” A xenophile is a person who adores foreign people, customs or cultures.  They relish in experiencing other  cultures’ cuisine, clothing styles, music, …

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Antipathy — no sympathy here

December 15th, 2019 ___ Antipathy represents an active aversion or despising. Sharing the suffix “pathy” with the more familiar “Sympathy,” Antipathy is a harsh contrast. The suffix “pathy” represents a suffering or a feeling. “Sym” represents a a sameness or “harmony.” So “sympathy” represents a suffering per feeling ‘harmony’ with another’s condition or plight. “Anti” means “against.” …

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Mele Kalikimaka — Hawaiian Christmas Greeting

December 1st, 2019 ___ Pronounced [MEH-leh Kah-LEE-kee-MAH-kah], this phrase is a Hawaiian greeting meaning “Merry Christmas.” While it sounds ver-ly much like a foreign language phrase, “Mele Kalikimaka” is a direct phonetical translation of how Hawaiians would say “Merry Christmas.” Here’s why: The Hawaiian language has only eight consonants — not including /r/ or /s/. 1. The /r/ we …

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No-See-Um — a tiny pest

September 15th, 2019 ___ As hot temperatures decline, no-see-ums presence also begin to decline. “‘No-See-Ums’ are tiny flies, also known as ‘punkies,’ or collectively referred to as ‘biting midges,’” says Dr. Gregory Zolnerowich, Professor and Curator at the Department of Entomology, Kansas State University-Manhattan. They are a type of fly that belongs in the family …

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Love for Words — Weltschmerz

September 15th, 2019 ___ Weltschmerz  is a deep, weighting feeling of melancholy as one reflects on the world condition. Pronounced [VELT-shmerts] it combines the German words “welt” meaning “world,” and “schmerz” meaning “pain.” Weltschmerz  literally means “world-pain.” Dictionary.com defines weltschmerz as “sorrow that one feels and accepts as one’s necessary portion in life; sentimental pessimism.” Webster’s New …

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