Posted by hopeseguin on August 28, 2012
Posted by hopeseguin on July 27, 2012
The bad news about today’s word is that you will get nowhere by associating it with fact. The good news is that, though unrelated, its meaning is quite similar to fractious, another adjective that differs by a single letter. Factious means “tending to dissent.” If enough folks do this, you end up with factions, which is the closest kin of factious.
Posted by hopeseguin on July 10, 2012
1. Adherence to or persistence in an erroneous use of language, memorization, practice, belief, etc., out of habit or obstinacy.
2. A person who persists in a mistaken expression or practice.
Posted by hopeseguin on July 1, 2012
Definition: the branch of knowledge that deals with the amount of space that people feel it necessary to set between themselves and others
Communications scholars began studying personal space and people’s perception of it decades ago, in a field known as proxemics. But with the population in the United States climbing above 300 million, urban corridors becoming denser and people with wealth searching for new ways to separate themselves from the masses, interest in the issue of personal space — that invisible force field around your body — is intensifying.
. . . According to scientists, personal space involves not only the invisible bubble around the body, but all the senses. People may feel their space is being violated when they experience an unwelcome sound, scent or stare: the woman on the bus squawking into her cellphone, the co-worker in the adjacent cubicle dabbing on cologne, or the man in the sandwich shop leering at you over his panini.
. . . Edward T. Hall, an anthropologist and the father of proxemics, even put numbers to the unspoken rules. He defined the invisible zones around us and attributed a range of distance to each one: intimate distance (6 to 18 inches); personal distance (18 inches to 4 feet); social distance (4 to 12 feet); and public distance (about 12 feet or more).
. . . In general most people understand the rules of personal space and heed the cues. Then again, the world is littered with clods. As Dr. Archer put it, people generally view personal-space rules in one of two ways: “the wrong way and my way.”
Source: Personal Space
Posted by hopeseguin on June 17, 2012
Posted by hopeseguin on April 30, 2012
Posted by hopeseguin on April 15, 2012
caparison \kuh-PAR-uh-suhn\, verb:
1. To dress richly; deck.
2. To cover with a caparison.
1. A decorative covering for a horse or for the tack or harness of a horse; trappings.
2. Rich and sumptuous clothing or equipment.
Posted by hopeseguin on April 10, 2012
Posted by hopeseguin on March 5, 2012
Posted by hopeseguin on January 30, 2012
The juxtaposition of words that have a common derivation, as in “sense and sensibility.”
Posted by hopeseguin on January 12, 2012
You’re forgiven for thinking this word means “an ability to rise.” In fact it means “readiness to laugh.” Its etymology is somewhat obscured by the conjugation of its Latin root (ridere), which also gives us deride and ridiculous.
Posted by hopeseguin on January 7, 2012