Wednesday, 24 February 2016


frenemy: someone who acts like a friend but is really an enemy. Frenemy is a word-cousin to passive-aggressive. It can be hard to know where you stand and what to expect with a frenemy.   

Wednesday, 17 February 2016


Word play, word play, word about these documentary spin-offs:

shockumentary -- for all the news to knock your socks off

mockumentary -- nasty little pieces of "journalism"

frockumentary -- you guessed it -- extensive coverage of the fashion industry

jockumentary -- coverage of men's sporting life

rockumentary -- ditto for rock musicians

schlockumentary -- pointless waste of everyone's time

Wednesday, 10 February 2016


This is a formal term for weekly, especially a weekly meeting. I just came across it and liked it. Some words just feel neat in my mouth. 

I also like "Tom Bombadil" and "mushkamut," an Ojibwe word for "bag," and "albondigas," the Spanish word for meatballs. When I started to learn Spanish in Grade 6, the first sentence I remember learning was "¿Dondé está el albondigas?" Where are the meatballs? I think it's that experience that helped launch me on my conscious enjoyment of language. What a crazy first sentence to learn in any language! So we had a laugh, and for some reason I noticed the feel of those Spanish words in my mouth. It was a light, delightful feeling. The enjoyment has never gone away.

Have you ever thought about the way a word or phrase feels in your mouth? Give it a try. Notice what it is about certain expressions that make you smile. Maybe invite Tom Bombadil to your hebdomadal meeting and have some albondigas.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016


gruncle: After I posted "drunkle" last month in one of my WordWednesdays, a friend told me about her family's word for a great uncle. I add graunty, grephew & griece....? 

Play with language!! Have some fun!