July 2008

Words of the Day.

catachresis PRONUNCIATION:(kat-uh-KREE-sis) The misuse of words. Here’s a catchall word for all those mixed metaphors, malapropisms, and bushisms. It derives via Latin from Greek katakhresthai (to misuse). parapraxis PRONUNCIATION: (par-uh-PRAK-sis) noun: A slip of the tongue (or pen) that reveals the unconscious mind. ETYMOLOGY:Parapraxis is a fancy word for the Freudian slip. It’s derived from …

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How weird is that?

My brain is changing; I’m not sure why. I haven’t had any head trauma or anything. I’ve always been a very visual person. If I’m trying to indicate that I understand something, I say, “I see what you mean” (vs. “I hear you”). When I have typos, it’s because I hit the wrong key, or …

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Dog Breeds.

If you were a dog, what type of dog would you be? Lee would be an English Mastiff. Yours truly would be a Border Collie. Ray would be a Cocker Spaniel. –I think we got her from a reputable breeder.