Category Archives: odd words

  1. Gobblefunk, Gold Cards, and Blind Boy Groot

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    June 15, 2016 by libroshombre

      Roald Dahl, creator of Willie Wonka and James and the Giant Peach, liked naming things so much that the …
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  2. Hormones, Peccadillos, and Other Annoyances

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    December 11, 2014 by libroshombre

    One of my favorite hormones was featured in a recent Mental Floss article by Jessica Hullinger titled “6 Fascinating Facts …
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  3. Quintilianus, Writing and Reading Well, Wodehouse, and a few Tricolons

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    November 13, 2014 by libroshombre

    Novelist Stephen King says this to those wanting to be writers: “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t …
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  4. Wampus Cats, Odd Diseases, and Medicinal Chocolate

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    October 30, 2014 by libroshombre

    The ebola scare and calls for quarantines remind me of a favorite word: “cattywampus.” People seem to favor certain words, …
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  5. Old Wives Tales, Malarkey, and the OED

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    September 25, 2014 by libroshombre

    “Do Blue Sheets Bring Babies? The Truth Behind Old Wives’ Tales,” by Thomas Craughwell, was a Gulliver’s used-book purchase I …
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  6. Hyphenites, Assonance, and Monkeyshines

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    July 24, 2014 by libroshombre

    Last week brought a new appreciation for animal-oriented names, especially daddy long-leg spiders, carpenter ants, and the expression “monkeyshines.” But …
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  7. Brewer’s, Jenkin’s Ear, and How Far Athletes Run

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    June 26, 2014 by libroshombre

    Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, that thick collection of concise explanations and curiosities is perfect for lazy, rainy June …
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