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Wallflower Words: Lumpish

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Wallflower Words is a blog post series that coaxes lesser-known, often-ignored, painfully shy words away from the fringes and into the spotlight. I think best through my fingers. Typing or writing gives my brain a kick start and gets my thoughts in order. Give me a few moments and I…

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Wallflower Words: the ant’s pants

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You may have noticed that Wednesdays are dedicated to words here at my patch of sky. My Which Word Wednesday series that puts two words in the ring has been going strong for several years, because, really, who doesn’t love a word brawl? Although I have plenty of new word…

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Which Word Wednesday Constrain vs Restrain

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Today’s Which Word Wednesday showdown is between two words, constrain and restrain, that in essence speak of control. As usual, each one comes at the idea from a slightly different nuance. And it’s always the nuance that’s tricky! Let’s kick it off in with the definitions from The Oxford American…

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Which Word Wednesday: Because vs. Since

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It has been said that the pen is mightier than the sword. That’s because the pen writes words that convey thoughts and meaning. Words have power to build up and to tear down—and to send language lovers like me into fits of laughter (or anger). That’s why it helps to…

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Which Word Wednesday: Naked vs. Nude

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Over the weekend, we had the joy of visiting with dear friends—friends who indulge my love for language by contributing entries for Which Word Wednesday. After coming across some discussion about the difference between naked and nude, they knew it was just the sort of WWW match-up I like. Let’s…

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