Word of the Week

An unusual word is taught every week, complete with pronunciation and definition.

My Word! – June 10

Epizeuxis ep·​i·​zeux·​is Noun   the immediate repetition of a word or phrase for rhetorical or poetic effect   “War is hell, hell” the major muttered as he looked over the field of casualties.   Could not find when this word first appeared but for a change it goes back to LATE Latin, who stole it…

My Word! – May 20

Bibliomania Bib-lio-ma-nia Noun an extreme preoccupation with the collecting of books a craze for books or reading   Some say that Shirley has a touch of bibliomania.   This one comes from French and is traced back to the letters of French physician Guy Patin and a letter from 1652.  It is first used in…

My Word! – May 6

Zwitterion – May 6 Zwit-ter-ion Noun An ion holding both a positive and a negative charge Nope, not even gonna try. This one goes back to 1906 and comes from an Old German hybrid for two.  I just sort of liked the way it looked, and it does begin with z.

My Word! April 29

Yarborough Yar-ber-oh Noun A hand of cards in Bridge or Whist containing no Aces, face cards, or cards above a nine. Hilda was very unlucky at Bridge and once was dealt 5 yarboroughs in a row. This one goes back to only around 1900 when the second Earl of Yarborough was rumored to have bet…

My Word! – April 22

Xeric Zir-ick Adjective Characterized by or relating to only needing a small amount of moisture. Most so-called air plants can be categorized as xeric. While eventually tracing back to the Greek word xeros (meaning dry), this one only came to existence in 1926 when a bunch of botantists decided they needed a spiffy new word…