Is It Daylight Saving Time… or Daylight Savings Time?

Is It Daylight Saving Time… or Daylight Savings Time?

Whatever we call it, it’s almost here—you know, that time when we change our clocks in a way that’s us NOT snoozing our alarms. Apparently, there’s been some debate over how this phenomenon is spelled. So, take a moment to honestly evaluate whether you spell it Daylight Saving Time or Daylight Savings Time… and whether or not you’re right. Life is full of embarrassing moments, and language is no exception. Maybe yours was the moment you realized ‘irregardless’ isn’t a word—and hornswaggle somehow is (it means to deceive or trick). Chances are, nobody’s called you out on your spelling of …

Yeet These Words From Your Vocabulary in 2019

Yeet These Words From Your Vocabulary in 2019

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Since 1976, Lake Superior State University has released an annual list of the year’s ‘Banished Words,’ an idea that came into being at a probably boozy New Years’ party for LSSU faculty and staff. (We all know what happens when intellectuals party together: sometimes they tell too many ghost stories and then Frankenstein happens. This is another such work of genius.) Though the list was initially centered around personal preferences and pet peeves—which is arguably the basis for most official rankings anyway—it quickly became clear that there were a LOT of words pissing people off. The tradition has continued ever since, with feedback coming from around …

10 of the Best ‘Word of the Day’ Tweets to Expand Your Vocabulary

10 of the Best ‘Word of the Day’ Tweets to Expand Your Vocabulary

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Twitter is good for many things: telling people your opinions, arguing with others about their opinions, complaining, commenting… the list goes on. But one of my favorite things about Twitter is that occasionally, people post nice things. Check out ten of the funniest, cutest, most beautiful ‘word of the day’ tweets!      A reminder today of the beautiful, rare word ‘respair’: fresh hope and a recovery from despair. — Susie Dent (@susie_dent) May 22, 2018   Word of the day: “auraculous” – of or concerning the wonder occasioned by sound rather than by sight; ear-marvellous. (Word coined by @casparhenderson …

5 Words I Learned By Reading David Foster Wallace

5 Words I Learned By Reading David Foster Wallace

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The book that I currently find myself bringing everywhere I go with me is David Foster Wallace’s The Broom of the System. David Foster Wallace is the man who penned the modern-day epic Infinite Jest, and also the man who left this world far too soon in 2008. He was a genius in so many different regards, for example, he used his extensive mathematics skills to become an outstanding tennis player (calculating wind speed, angling of his swings, etc) that we can assume his legacy will continue to live on for many years.   The Broom of the System has a plot and a storyline, but …