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Egotheism

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary E’gotheism, n. deification of self. Word in the Wild: A devout practitioner of egotheism, Danica insisted that not only she, but all of her coworkers, should get her birthday off as a paid holiday. If enough of us … Continue reading

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Chowter

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Chow’ter, v. to grumble like a child or frog. Word in the Wild: Amitav chowtered at his roommate after she accidentally put his 2014 tax slips through the shredder. This fun word is obsolete, but let’s not let … Continue reading

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Babery

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Ba’bery, n. playthings for a child. Word in the Wild: Receiving nothing but blank looks from her nephews after she asked them to clear the living room of their babery and detritus, Celine tried again: “For pity’s sake, … Continue reading

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Apocrustic

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Apocrust’ic, a. having a repelling power; astringent. Word in the Wild: If you’re planning to make your own dandelion wine, do be sure the blossoms you pick haven’t been sprayed with pesticides, which will result in an unfortunately … Continue reading

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Zeticula

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Zetic’ula, n. a small private room. Word in the Wild: After sharing a room with her sister for the past 8 years, Annicka needed a place of her own to gather her thoughts and hide her diary. She … Continue reading

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Principal vs. Principle

Lexical Vexations This lexical vexation is for Kevin – thanks for all the great Lexical Vexation suggestions, Kevin! principal 1. n . a person responsible for the administration of a school. 2. adj. most important or influential. principle 1. n. … Continue reading

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Writative

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Writ’ative, a. inclined to write as an author. Word in the Wild: Vicki used pencils to put up her hair so that she could write at any time whatsoever. She wrote while riding the bus, wrote in her … Continue reading

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Viatic

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Via’tic, a. relating to travelling. Word in the Wild: She’d always been powerless to resist the lure of the faraway. First it was leaving the neighbourhood on her own, then it was biking to the next town over, … Continue reading

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Ubication

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Ubica’tion, n. relation as to place; whereness Word in the Wild: Ilya often had trouble determining his own ubication, which is why three of his birthday gifts turned out to be compasses. The fourth was a GPS. This … Continue reading

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