Words as Words

Formatting, Ink Words and Phrases Used as Words: Most of the time we use words to refer to the things and ideas we’ve agreed they…

Fizgig

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Fiz’gig, n. a flirt, a squib, a fish-spear. Word in the Wild: The flamboyantly attired fizgig hefted her fizgig, gauged its balance and…

Eclaircize

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Eclair’cize, v. to explain or clear up. Word in the Wild: We won’t be able to get this labour dispute resolved until we…

Compose vs. Comprise

Lexical Vexations Compose v. 1. to make up, to constitute. Comprise v. 1. to include  2.  to compose or constitute. The second definition of comprise…

Diuturnity

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Diuturn’ity, n. long duration of time. Word in the Wild: Why, Blanche, it’s been a diuturnity since we last had tea together! Diuturnity…

Matrisate

A Word for Mother’s Day Matrisate v. to imitate a mother. Word in the Wild: Look at the little ones matrisating with their dolls. Aren’t…