WHAT THE HELL

Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

Words best left on the shelf — today: eudaemonic

Here’s a word that never got on my radar. Eudaemonic: conducive to happiness. I need a eudaemonic martini right about now. It’s a word that’s hard to work into conversation … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · 7 Comments

Neologisms you can use: “alternity”

Sometimes you need a word that doesn’t exist for the thing you’re trying to pinpoint. I wasn’t happy with “alternative universe,” which is I think what theoretical physicists might call … Continue reading

July 6, 2016 · 10 Comments

Don’t lie. You’re scripturient, aren’t you!?

Here’s a collection of wonderful posters by a pair of Irish illustrators, depicting unusual words. If you don’t know what scripturient means, maybe you can guess from the picture that … Continue reading

February 13, 2014 · 6 Comments

Logomachy Friday

We’re fussy about words, right? We like to think we know how to use them, and we can’t stand when other, less fussy word users misuse our precious darlings like … Continue reading

September 6, 2013 · 3 Comments