Archive for the ‘Wacky Word Wednesday’ Category

April 23rd, 2014

Lethonomia – Wacky Word Wednesday

For many of us, recognizing faces is much easier than remembering names.  But did you know that there’s a scientific reason behind it? If you think you have a brain like a sieve, then Wacky Word Wednesday is here to jog your memory. We’ll delve into the science of memory and learn how to get better at remembering things.

lethonomia

[LEE-thuh-NOH-mia]

-noun

A tendency to forget names.

April 16th, 2014

Eccedentesiast – Wacky Word Wednesday

Decades of research have shown that smiling is good for our health. But what about fake smiling? On today’s Wacky Word Wednesday, a weekly celebration of the wackiest and most interesting words from around the world, we’ll talk about the science of smiling and learn the difference between a real and a fake smile!

eccedentesiast

[ex-cen-dent-tee-shee-ist]

-noun

One who fakes a smile

April 9th, 2014

Abderian – Wacky Word Wednesday

Laughter, they say, is good for the soul, so on today’s Wacky Word Wednesday, a weekly celebration of the zaniest and most interesting words from around the world, we will introduce you to a historical figure who’s dubbed the laughing philosopher, perhaps due to the fact that he liked to keep himself in stitches.

Today’s definition from TermWiki is:

abderian

[AB-dir-ee-uhn]

-adjective

Given to excessive or incessant laughter.

April 2nd, 2014

Poltophagy – Wacky Word Wednesday

If you are a slow eater, chances are you take the time to enjoy your food and munch for quite some time on every mouthful. But don’t be embarrassed by your eating habits, because on today’s Wacky Word Wednesday, a weekly celebration of the wackiest and most interesting words from around the world, we will explore the benefits of chewing.

Today’s wacky word is:

poltophagy

[päl-ˈtäf-ə-gē]

-noun

Thorough chewing of food until it becomes like porridge.

March 26th, 2014

Atrabilious – Wacky Word Wednesday

Are you attentive, loyal, orderly, yet at the same time irritable, a perfectionist and emotionally sensitive? If yes, then you may have too much black bile in your body. After reading today’s Wacky Word Wednesday, we hope you’ll know more about what black bile is and how it could affect your underlying disposition.

atrabilious


[a-truh-bil-yuh s]

-adj

Inclined to melancholy; gloomy; having an irritable and unpleasant disposition.

March 19th, 2014

Sitooterie – Wacky Word Wednesday

Those who love to spend much of their time outside must dread the winter season. But you can rest assured that summer is drawing close. You’ll soon be able to picnic in the park, stargaze while lying in the grass or take a nap in your hammock once again. But whatever you choose to do, sometimes we need shelter to protect us from the scorching sun. We need a proper sitooterie.  Find out what sitooterie means on today’s Wacky Word Wednesday!

sitooterie

[sit-oot-ery]

-noun

a place to sit out in, a summerhouse or gazebo.

March 12th, 2014

Expergefaction – Wacky Word Wednesday

Push the snooze button and get ready for a special “awakening” with today’s Wacky Word Wednesday, a weekly celebration of the wackiest and most interesting words from around the world!

expergefaction

[eks-per-ji-fak-shuhn]

-noun

Waking up or an awakening.

March 5th, 2014

Phrontistery – Wacky Word Wednesday

On today’s Wacky Word Wednesday, a weekly celebration of the wackiest and most interesting words from around the world, we will talk about the art of meditation.

Today’s word is:

phrontistery

[fron-tis-te-ree]

-noun

A place for thinking or study

February 26th, 2014

Nepenthe – Wacky Word Wednesday

Don’t we all have past mistakes and embarrassing moments that we wish we could forget? On today’s Wacky Word Wednesday, a weekly celebration of the wackiest and most interesting words from around the world, we will talk about a medicine that is more powerful than Harry Potter’s forgetfulness potion.

Today’s definition from TermWiki is:

nepenthe

[ni-pen-thee]

-noun

A drug used by the ancients to give relief from pain and sorrow.

February 19th, 2014

Xenium – Wacky Word Wednesday

When do you give gifts? Should we feel obliged to repay someone who gives gifts to us? On today’s Wacky Word Wednesday, a weekly celebration of the wackiest and most interesting words from around the world, we will talk about the tradition of gift giving.

Today’s word, taken from TermWiki is:

xenium

[zee-ni-um]

noun

A present given to a guest or stranger, or to a foreign ambassador; any compulsory gift.