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Word Wednesday Fun: Antipodes

The Antipodes The Antipodes is often used by us British to describe those “kith and kinfolk” dwelling in Australia or New Zealand. I had occasion to use it today in a freelance article. It was one of those moments when the word sprang into my mind and as a precaution I checked its meaning. I was correct and it was the right word in the context that I was writing. What surprised me, and on reflection I fail to understand why I was surprised, was reading the literal meaning of the noun antipode. I was so used to hearing “the Antipodes” used to describe Australia and New Zealand that I had become impervious to any other meaning. Following the usual pattern, the Merriam-Webster definition first followed by…

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Word Wednesday Fun: Escutcheon

Escutcheon is such a great word! Escutcheon is not one of those regular humdrum boring words!  You may be tearing your hair out wondering where on earth did he find that word! Or, maybe not 🙂 It’s the name of one of the newest WordPress themes. I was taking a good look at it in readiness to launch my book page as soon as my Operation Julie: Inside and Undercover memoir is closer to publication date. However, the theme name has no bearing on either the theme itself or the way it looks! Following the usual format, the Merriam-Webster definition appears first followed by the Urban Dictionary entry. escutcheon noun es·cutch·eon \is-ˈkə-chən\ Definition Popularity: Bottom 40% of words  a defined area on which armorial bearings are displayed and which usually…


Word Wednesday Fun: Quagmire

Quagmire! What a great word! It’s such a great word that I didn’t bother with the Urban Dictionary this week owing to the wealth of information in Merriam-Webster, although there was one hilarious submission in the UB (as usual). Used by President Obama in his State of the Union speech may have got tongues wagging? I bet he knew what it meant. I doubt whether Donald Trump knows even though he would be in a quagmire of his own making if he actually did shoot someone 🙂 Simple Definition Popularity: Top 1% of lookups : an area of soft, wet ground : a situation that is hard to deal with or get out of : a situation that is full of problems Full Definition 1: …

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