Content tagged with "words"

New Word: “Abeyance”
November 27, 2015

A noun: A state of temporary disuse or suspension. When discussing a notecard system for remembering things: You don’t need to carry all the cards with you everywhere of course – the abeyance or…

New Word: “Affordance”
November 28, 2015

Actually not a new word – I had encountered this once before in a book about why we would never completely rid ourselves of paper. The reason being that it offered “affordances” that digital screens…

New Word: “Carapace”
January 4, 2016

This is a physical word that was used in an emotional context. Technically a carapace is: A carapace is a dorsal (upper) section of the exoskeleton or shell in a number of animal groups, including…

New Word: “Dialectical”
October 18, 2015

An adjective which means: I found this in a review of Bridge of Spies, in the New York Times, which described the move as “insistently dialectical.” Wikipedia describes the root form – dialectic –…

New Word: “Idiopathic”
January 8, 2016

Basically, a disease that just happens for no reason: Relating to or denoting any disease or condition that arises spontaneously or for which the cause is unknown. From an article about Natalie Cole:…

New Word: “Piscene”
December 25, 2015

I knew that “piscis” was a astrological sign, but it didn’t occur to me that the word was simply Latin for “fish” and would be the root of other words. Of or relating to fishes. Having the appearance…

New Word: “Salutary”
October 24, 2015

An adjective: (especially with reference to something unwelcome or unpleasant) producing good effects; beneficial. So, something is not objectively pleasant, but that provides good benefits overall….

New Word: “Variegated” and In-Group/Out-Group Bias
November 29, 2015

An adjective which seems to related originally to colors: Varied in appearance or color; marked with patches or spots of different colors; varied; diversified; diverse. It seems to just be another way…