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Word of the Week: Ugh

October 1, 2009 Word No Comments

The Word of the Week is ugh. “Ugh” is an interjection which dictionary.com explains is used as an “exclamation expressing disgust, aversion, horror, or the like.” Personally, I like to use it under the horror option, such as when my own death is imminent.

As a gamer, my death (or rather, my avatar’s death) is imminent pretty frequently, so I consider myself to be practiced with the word. Having said that, no amount of gaming could have prepared me for the rate and sincerity with which I must “ugh” while trying to drive.

Word of the Week: Vigilance

September 24, 2009 Word No Comments

When Alastor “Mad Eye” Moody called for “constant vigilance,” his advice may have been meant for Harry Potter, but its profundity held relevance to the entire human race.

This week’s Word of the Week is vigilance. The word, in essence, means watchfulness, alertness, and concern. Its uses are many, and after Moody’s, its penultimate appearance comes in the form of the Magic: the Gathering creature ability “vigilance.”

Imagine, if your vigilance were to lapse at any point, you may end up lazy, endangered, or even tapped while attacking.

Word of the Week: Placebo Button

September 17, 2009 Word No Comments

The Word of the Week is placebo button. Yes, I realize that this is actually two words, and is more of a thing rather than a word, but the concept astounds me, and I wanted to feature it. I saw this on Digg awhile ago, and every time I get in an elevator or cross the street, I think of placebo button.

A placebo button is a button which doesn’t actually do anything, but is included to give users the feeling of control. For example, the close door button in an elevator or the walk button at a cross walk may be a placebo button. This lends credence to Elevator Small Talk Tony and his profound question “do these close door buttons actually do anything?”

Word of the Week: Sexting

September 10, 2009 Word No Comments

The Word of the Week is sexting. This word refers to people, usually the kids these days, sending sexually suggestive, or indeed, even sexually explicit text messages to one another.

I enjoy the word because it is only ever used on the news, and it perfectly illustrates the media’s total lack of understanding of youth and youth culture. I especially find the groaning sound I make each time it is uttered to be enjoyable.

Word of the Week: Slatternly

September 3, 2009 Word No Comments

The Word of the Week is slatternly. Take a look at that word, and try to guess its meaning. No, it’s not a synonym for “slut,” actually, it means “slovenly and untidy.”

People, in general, are pretty gross, so I think this word is incredibly useful. Honestly, I’ve spent so much of my life hating people that I’ve worn thin words like, well, “gross,” and so I welcome an alternative. Slatternly is the kind of word that just sounds like an insult too, and its adverb form, “slattern,” even more so.

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