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If you squint, it almost makes sense

January 21, 2023 Stephanie Dolan

By Curtis Honeycutt I didn’t wear glasses until I was 19. As an up-and-coming visionary word nerd, I had never thought I needed corrective lenses. Of course, I always fancied monocles, although I didn’t know […]

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Embracing unembraceable idea nouns

December 3, 2022 Stephanie Dolan

By Curtis Honeycutt In elementary school, we learn a noun is a “person, place or thing.” Rabbit. Cereal. Toilet. Especially toilet. Words like “toilet” make Mad Libs a hit with my kids when we take […]

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A creepy case of onomatopoeia

October 15, 2022 Stephanie Dolan

By Curtis Honeycutt Most people know what onomatopoeia is, but I’d bet most of them couldn’t spell it! Just ask me. Onomatopoeia, of course, is the naming of a thing based on the sound it […]

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The dawn of the zombie nouns

October 1, 2022 Stephanie Dolan

By Curtis Honeycutt Is it too early to talk about zombies? Halloween is still about a month away, but Home Depot is selling creepy inflatable lawn creatures. In addition, Starbucks has its pumpkin spice latte […]

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Smells like teen fake news

September 17, 2022 Stephanie Dolan

By Curtis Honeycutt In November 1992, the Seattle grunge music scene was exploding in its popularity. While the angsty grunge fans were rocking in their flannel shirts, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was penning hits including […]