Tag Archives: vocabulary

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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Vocabulary for Difficult Times

2020 was a rough year. The first week of 2021 brought more unsettling news: near record daily (and record weekly average) COVID-19 cases; record COVID-19 deaths; record levels of self-serving behavior from Republican politicians; and what was generally reported as … Continue reading

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Word of the Year (WOTY): 2020 Edition! (Part 2 of 2)

It seems like an exercise in the trivial to post this after what’s been going on in this country over the past few days (which is, to be sure, an outcome built on what came before). But a “Part 1 … Continue reading

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Word of the Year (WOTY): 2020 Edition! (Part 1 of 2)

I’m a little behind getting this going but yes, that’s right, it’s time once again for the feature that you love and I hate (or is it that you hate it and I love it?): the annual Word of the … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Lexicon – 3 April 2020 Update

This list has been updated. Terms added (or expanded/modified): shedding, viral load, new normal, comorbidity, contributing factor, herd immunity, super-spreader, basic reproduction number, remdesivir, negative pressure/positive pressure, N95, filter types and ratings, wet market, bending the curve, ventilator. I am … Continue reading

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