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Articles Categorized Word Stories
Boost your vocabulary with this collection of articles!
5 Questions to Ask About a New Word
If you’re looking for new words to express new ideas or old ideas in new ways, here’s five questions you should ask before using a new word.
Dealing With Religious Terms: Many Faiths
How do you balance the needs of a diverse audience on religious topics? By respecting everyone.
Dealing With Religious Terms: One Faith
Editing copy meant for a religious audience requires becoming familiar with the religion’s writing style.
Do We Appreciate the Breadth of Appreciate?
A rule exists claiming that the word “appreciate” should not be used to mean “value.” Interestingly, multiple dictionaries beg to differ.
Blessings and Well Wishes
When someone sneezes, an overwhelming majority of people wish them a blessing from their god. Why is that?
Word Story: Bludgeon
A “bludgeon” is defined as “a heavy, short club that is thicker at one end or is weighted at one end.” It’s a good alternative for “club.”
Word Story: Prevaricate
Though it can be conflated with “procrastinate,” the verb “prevaricate” means “to speak or act evasively; to avoid telling the truth; to lie.”
A Word for the Digital World
A cacophony is “a collection of loud, harsh sounds heard all at once.” It’s disharmony. Discord. Dissonance. Noise.
Word Story: Adverse Reactions
“Adverse” usually pairs with “effects,” “reactions,” or “impact.” But do you know what Chaucer first paired it with?