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Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia

Originally posted on crispina kemp:
Like all writers words cast a spell upon me, a fascination. But, I swear, I didn’t go looking for hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia. It found me. But it started me thinking. This is the result. For the writer…

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Skedaddle

Incompatibility, Ignominy, Incongruity Jealousy, Rivalry, Malignity Hostility, Disloyalty, Ferocity Enmity, Asperity, Antipathy, Animosity Bad chemistry, Pugnacity, Unpopularity, Bellicosity Irascibility, Irritability, Implacability, Inimicality In other words, we don’t hit it off Written for Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt

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Too Many Misses

A Misunderstanding Of Misses Miss B Gotten misbehaved And by misadventure, had a close shave. Miss Cue misconstrued Miss D Meanor’s mishandling, A misconception misleading to misappropriate misgivings. Miss Ann Thrope, who misspent her youth in misprinting in ink, Later … Continue reading

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It Doesn’t Mean That

We all know the word automobile, though it mayn’t be the one we now use. But have you looked, really looked, at that word? Auto-mobile. Self-moving. Really? And I thought that was only in the futuristic worlds of the sci-fi writer. … Continue reading

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Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia

Like all writers words cast a spell upon me, a fascination. But, I swear, I didn’t go looking for hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia. It found me. But it started me thinking. This is the result. For the writer words are his wattle and … Continue reading

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To Will or To Shall

image from wikipedia Foreign student: “This will and this shall confuses we. Please to explain when which we ought use.” EFL teacher: “It is simple. Shall is used to denote a future intent.” (A week later, in class) EFL teacher: … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Words 2

What distinguishes man from woman? The word ‘distinguish’ comes from Latin distinguere = to mark with a prick. I say nothing.

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Thoughts on Words 1

Is a degree an old agreement now removed? And is an accord no longer a cord? And is discord a cord that’s now untangled? Then what’s a misericord? Your favourite distressed cord-jeans?

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