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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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Love for Words — jocund

September 15th, 2019 ___ Pronounced [JAHK-nd] or [JO-knd], jocund describes humor in use. Definition via the online English-Word Information 1. Cheerful and full of good humor 2. Sprightly and lighthearted in disposition, character, or quality 3. Full of gladness and gaiety; mirthful More intimately: ‘Jocund’ joins three Classical Latin origin influences 1) It joins the words jocus meaning “joke” 2) and jocundus …

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Love for Words — revel

September 1st, 2019 ___ To revel is to take great pleasure in something — either personally, or loudly with a crowd. Pronounced [REV-uhl], this word derives from the Old French reveler meaning “be disorderly, make merry; rebel, be riotous.” The meaning eventually evolved to also mean”take great pleasure in.” Definition via TheFreeDictionary.com 1. To take great pleasure or delight …

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Malapropism — the wrong word

August 1st, 2019 ___ A Malapropism, pronounced [mah-luh-PRAH-pih-zum], is the misuse of a word, especially by instead using a word that sounds similar. “Malapropism” derives from a character named ‘Mrs. Malaprop’ in Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s 1775 play The Rivals. When she speaks, Mrs. Malaprop frequently misapplies words for the meanings she intends. For example, she says, …

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