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Mentor, mentee — how about mentoree?

One of the positives (or is it a negative?) of working with language so much of the time is the sheer volume of unusual things you encounter. Not simply an odd word or usage here and there, but also the … Continue reading

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On Behalf of Jamais Vu

Do you ever have an experience where, without warning, something that you’re familiar with feels suddenly like you’re encountering it for the very first time? There’s actually a term for this: it’s jamais vu, the opposite of déjà vu. Instead … Continue reading

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Shibboleth — not someone who predicts the future and not a Lovecraft monster

I’ve been swimming into the depths of political speech again lately, and that means I encounter interesting words and concepts that aren’t always common in everyday use. One of the words that crops up now and then is “shibboleth.” I … Continue reading

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When is a word not a word?

The question should be: Is there any validity to a claim that “a word isn’t a word?” Alright, you’re asking yourself: What’s got his goat this time? It’s not so dramatic as that! But, because I spend (waste?) some portion … Continue reading

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What is “doxxing?”

New words appear all the time. It’s difficult to keep up unless keeping up is your full-time job (and it’s definitely not my full-time job). Sometimes a word or phrase has been around for awhile, it just hasn’t received much … Continue reading

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