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Word of the Day: Haustellum

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haus·tel·lum [haw-stel-uhm] n. plural haus·tel·la [haw-stel-uh] (in certain crustaceans and insects) an organ or part of the proboscis adapted for sucking blood or plant juices. My grandpa used to give me words like this to lookup in his 50 million pound dictionary. The thing smelled like leather and dirt and coffee and pipe smoke. Did I mention it was heavy? So why is haustellum a word my grandpa would have "assigned" to me? Because he would know it contains ...

Word of the Day: Gerascophobia

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Medical terms are stupid because they don't structure  the definitions like they're structured in regular dictionaries. I'm feeling punchy today. Just go with it. So, Gerascophobia. This is a fun phobia. Sufferers of this fear experience undue anxiety about aging even though they may be in good health--physically, economically and otherwise. They may worry about the loss of ...

Word of the Day: Flânerie

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flâ·ne·rie    [flahnuh-ree] n. French. idleness dawdling [Origin: French, from flâner ‘saunter, lounge’.] This is the perfect word for anyone who just doesn't feel like doing a damn thing. The couch is your friend and work is something to put off for another day. I got some stuff done yesterday but for the most part, I was a dawdling, idle person. And ...

Word of the Day: Elephantiasis

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el·e·phan·ti·a·sis   [el-uh-fuhn-tahy-uh-sis, -fan-] n. 1.Pathology . a chronic filarial disease resulting in lymphatic obstruction, characterized by marked enlargement of the parts affected, esp. of the legs and scrotum, transmitted by mosquitoes. 2.Untoward growth or development: bureaucratic elephantiasis. [Origin: 1575–85; < L < Gk elephantíāsis, equiv. to elephant- elephant + -iāsis -iasis] The first thing I thought ...

Word of the Day: Dacryon

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dac·ry·on [dak-ree-on] –noun, plural -ry·a [-ree-uh] Anatomy . The point of junction of the maxillary, lacrimal, and frontal bones. [Origin: 1875–80; < NL < Gk dákryon a tear (var. of dákry ); see dacryo-] To be extremely blunt, if you have this your face doesn't fall off. You don't have this, you won't want ...

Word of the Day: Cruciverbalist

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cru·ci·ver·bal·ist [krs-vûrb-lst] n. 1. A constructor of crosswords. 2. An enthusiast of word games, especially of crosswords. [From Latin crux, cruc-, cross + Latin verbum, word (translation of English crossword).] I'm horrible at crossword puzzles. I love words, I love playing with word, I love making up words. However, the ADD tends to kick in and I can't spell ...

Word of the Day: Birthday

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birth·day   [burth-dey] n. 1. The anniversary of a birth. 2. The day of a person's birth. 3. A day marking or commemorating the origin, founding, or beginning of something. 4. The festivities or celebration marking such a day or anniversary. [Origin: 1350–1400; ME; see birth, day] Last night I thought I'd make this a weekly thing instead of daily thing: Word ...

Word of the Day: Albumen

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al·bu·men n. 1. The white of an egg, which consists mainly of albumin dissolved in water. 2. See albumin. [Latin albmen, from albus, white; see albho- in Indo-European roots.] Let's use it in a sentence, shall we? The albumen was very viscous and reminded me of snot. Class dismissed. Image