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Catastrophize — to allege catastrophy

April 1st   2020 ___ Catrastrophize is a verb form of “catastrophe,” yet ’tis accusatory of the person claiming the catastrophe. Definition via OxfordDictionaries.com View or present a situation as considerably worse than it actually is Dictionary.com offers a similar one-definition to view or talk about (an event or situation) as worse than it actually is, or as …

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Love for Words — Shamrock

March 1st, 2020 ___ The Shamrock is the most universally recognized symbol of Ireland, and is recognized in Irish folklore. American Heritage Dictionary defines “Shamrock” as: — Any of several plants, such as a clover or wood sorrel, having compound leaves with three small leaflets, considered the national emblem of Ireland. Note: it says “considered” the national emblem. …

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Love for Words — whence

March 1st 2020 ___ ‘From where’ quantifies the meaning behind the tiny and dramatic word, whence. Dictionary.com defines “whence” and gives usage examples: 1. from what place?: Whence comest thou? 2. from what source, origin, or cause?: Whence has he wisdom? American Heritage Dictionary defines “whence” and gives usage examples: 1. From where; from what …

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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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