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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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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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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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Unusual Words: Defining Prelapsarian and Manichaean

As a language person I, of course, love words. Although as with most things that generate intense feeling, I also hate words (remember everyone: the opposite of love is not hate—it’s indifference*). So I relish moments when I come across … Continue reading

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“Do these genes make me look fat?” Maybe. Or maybe it’s the obesogens.

If you have a weight problem and you think it’s not entirely your fault, there might be something to that belief. Researchers have identified a number of substances that might act on organisms, including humans, in ways that cause them … Continue reading

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