… Is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we have encountered in our reading.
It is hosted by Kathy, over at BermudaOnion’s Weblog.
You can either stop by and leave a link to your own ‘mystery’ words of the week, or just browse the eclectic mix of words that others have discovered, there is always a great selection.
Don’t forget that Kathy and the rest of us, all love to read your comments as well, so that we can visit and share your words of the week!
I am becoming worried about the increasing number of words I am coming across, that I am completely unaware of and have no idea of their definition … I had always assumed that I was reasonably intelligent, but now I am beginning to wonder!
1. My first word this week, I came across in a news article on the BBC. One of our most ‘marmite’ (you either love him, or you hate him) news broadcasters, Jeremy Paxman, has recently appeared sporting a brand new beard, which it seems he is thinking of keeping, causing outrage amongst the viewers and on the social media networks, for some unknown reason!… Looking at my ‘pogono’ list, I never knew that this whole beard scenario was so complicated!!
Pogonophobia … Why are some people hostile to beards in the workplace?
Pogonophobia is the fear of beards. The origin of the word pogono is Greek (meaning beard) and phobia is Greek (meaning fear).
When my very first review for my first book, The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea, appeared in the Los Angeles Times in January 2006, I spit the cereal I was eating all over the table. My heart began racing. I assumed I’d be excoriated in front of millions of people as had happened with my first produced play, Suburban Anger. But no, the reviewer provided clear insights, and she celebrated the book.
Many of those “suffering” from bangorrhea would argue that exclamation marks are an attempt to achieve lightness of tone or emotional emphasis.
The overuse of exclamation points.
Urban Dictionary goes a step further by calling bangorrhea a “grammedical” condition.
Looking forward to checking out all your great new words. (Ooops, nearly gave in to the urge for the dreaded exclamation point again, everything looks kind of naked without it)