Word of the Week

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One of my favorite Japanese words is gambaru, particularly in the imperative, i.e. gambatte. It’s used all the time to encourage people when they’re challenged a lot of a little. From the helpful, engaging site Tofugu, the definition above captures most of the sense of the word, but click on the link above to get the full story.

To really understand the magic of gambatte, you should at least visit Japan or watch a lot of Japanese media. It does uplift and help prevent someone from giving up.

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Word of the Week

Bibliophagist n. : an avid or voracious reader

I’d never herd this word until I clicked on one of the blogger’s profile photos who liked yesterday’s post. What an apt word. I sure admire her vocabulary.

Sample sentences:

Like many bibliophagists, Dirda sometimes has an excessively romantic view of the power of the page. —Kirkus Reviews, 1 Mar. 2006

Once you had got through Pooh and Dr. Dolittle, Alice and the Water Babies, you were a bibliophagist on the loose. —Nadine Gordimer, Telling Times: Writing and Living, 1954–2008, 2010

Reference

Bibliophagist. (n.d.). https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bibliophagist retrieved on August 31, 2018

Word of the Week

ingurgitate: v. (used with object), in·gur·gi·tat·ed, in·gur·gi·tat·ing.

to swallow greedily or in great quantity, as food.

to engulf; swallow up.

The floodwaters regurgitated trees and houses.

I’d heard of ingurgitate but until I started P.G. Wodehouse’s The Adventures of Sally. I wasn’t sure that he wasn’t making it up, but ingurgitate is indeed a word.

Word of the Week

I came across this word in Henry James’ The Wings of the Dove yesterday. I’m not thrilled with with this book, but since I’m reading it to discuss it with a friend I’m sticking with it. The sentence James uses.

brummagem: (n.) spurious; also : cheaply showy : tawdry

  • a bilious combination of brummagem melodrama and synthetic seascapesJohn McCarten
Reference
Brummagem. (n.d.). Retrieved July 18, 2018, from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brummagem

 

Word of the Week

Jeong (n.) Human warmth and mutual sacrifice.

This word comes from Ask a North Korean, which I’m currently reading. It’s in a section describing the economic conditions. When you’re poor, people value jeong as the way to help others and to have the right attitude to band together and survive.

Word of the Week

Astro-turfing (n.)the deceptive tactic of simulating grassroots blogs, on Wikipedia, online in comments, etc. support for a product, cause, etc., undertaken by people or organizations with an interest in shaping public opinion: In some countries astroturfing is banned, and this includes sponsored blog posts.

I heard this term in the video below.

Between the identity thieves and these con artists, life in the modern world sure isn’t easy.

Reference

“astro-turfing.” (n.d.)  Retrieved from http://www.dictionary.com/browse/astroturfing on June 5, 2018.