The Devil Winds

[caption id="attachment_1647" align="alignleft" width="199" caption="Photo by DoodleDeMoon. Used under Creative Commons License."][/caption] The Santa Anas are blowing. The devil winds. Chandler wrote of them: “those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your...

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Mysteries of Vernacular

Word geeks, rejoice! This thing exists! It's called "Mysteries of Vernacular" and it explains, in adorable stop-motion animation, the etymology of all the best words - words like "pants." Who doesn't like pants? That's right. Nobody. We all love pants, which is why we all...

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The Best Word Ever

[caption id="attachment_1637" align="alignright" width="198" caption="Photo by Geishaboy500. Used under Creative Commons license."][/caption] I have found it. My favorite word. It is the best word. No other word will ever be as wonderful as this. In the past, I have loved "defenestrate," "smock," "Tchoupitoulas" and "Apalachicola." Fine words...

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