encountering apricity

Apricity is an archaic term, long out of use, meaning warmth from the winter sun. It’s been around since the 1600s when Henry Cockeram added the word to his cleverly titled reference book The English Dictionary; or, An Interpreter of Hard English Words. The expression, however, never really caught on with the general public. It should … Continue reading encountering apricity


a great, great post

No, the best post. An outstanding post. The smartest, classiest post ever posted anywhere by any poster. People always ask how I became such a star -- I'm a fantastic star! -- they want to know my secrit. Folks, it’s the superlatives. Their fantastic. I use them all the time. There the best words, so much … Continue reading a great, great post

learning to speak American

It’s very different from the King’s English, you know, and probably can’t lay claim to any Latin or Greek origins, either. The American language is wonderfully its own, varying from region to region, state to state, and packed with dandy words and expressions, like rumpelkammer (MI), flug (KS), goozle (Gulf region), and pinkletink (Martha’s Vineyard). … Continue reading learning to speak American