Definition: Characterised by weakness of will resulting in action against one's better judgement. Should you watch just one more episode of Game of Thrones before bed, or have that extra piece of pie? Probably not. Drug addicts, gamblers, hedge fund managers. You and me. We’re all akratic, to varying degrees. We’re all swimming through a [...]
Definition: A misunderstood or misinterpreted word or phrase resulting from mishearing the lyrics of a song. The word, ‘mondegreen’ was coined in the 1950s. Writer, Sylvia Wright, described listening to her mother read old poems to her when she was a child. One had the line ‘…and laid him on the green’, which she misheard [...]
Definition: People reaching young adulthood in the early 21st century (there are other unrelated definitions too). But what is ‘young adulthood’? And is the ‘early 21st century’ earlier than 4am? I’m not the only one confused, am I? A dedicated millennial marketing firm says that a ‘millennial’ is anyone born between 1977 and 2000 (gosh, [...]
Definition: A person of wide knowledge or learning. The word comes from ‘polumathes’—a 17th-century Greek word that means ‘having learned much’. Polymaths are usually associated with the explosion of art, creativity and critical thinking that happened during the Renaissance. One example was Leonardo da Vinci—a great painter, sculptor, cartographer and writer, who may have invented [...]
Definition: Orange lights at all four corners of a car intended to be used—by blinking the relevant side—to notify other drivers of your intention to turn or change lanes. Some people consider the use of these optional.
People might speak of being passionate about art, music, or cooking… or ‘delivering cost-effective digital solutions that maximise customer benefit…’
Anaphora is a powerful rhetorical device used for impact by everyone from Charles Dickens to Justin Bieber.
At one point, I’ve read, this was the most offensive word in English.
This is both a Word of the Day and a figure of speech. (Double word score?) Definition: Repeating a word (or phrase) for emphasis. (Usually 3 times.) For example, if you asked me what I did over Christmas, I might say: Eat and drink, eat and drink, eat and drink. At which point, you might [...]
Definition: Smelling like bugs. (Or, the actual noun for bug secretions…) Cimicine is one of those wonderfully specific descriptive words that lends itself well to erudite-sounding insults. The pie was cold, and the salad was warm. The meal was served with a weak, cimicine cocktail, which made me wish I’d kept my 16 dollars and [...]