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pronunciation | nats-ka-‘shE (nahtzkah-SHEE)Japanese | 懐かしいtip | The final pronunciation doesn’t really have an “oo” sound in it.

pronunciation | nats-ka-‘shE (nahtzkah-SHEE)
Japanese | 懐かしい
tip | The final pronunciation doesn’t really have an “oo” sound in it.

pronunciation | swon-‘nyA

pronunciation | swon-‘nyA

Anonymous asked: What is Zealous? help!

"As she looked, aghast, at the pony that was tethered in her front lawn and munching comfortably on her flowers, she realized how just how alarmingly she’d underestimated his zeal to impress her. She’d also underestimated the size of his bank account and his brain: impossibly vast and impossibly tiny, respectively.

'I did not mean it when I said I wanted a pony,' she explained to him later through gritted teeth.

He looked surprised. ‘You didn’t?’”

Zeal is the noun form. Usually, you’re zealous for a cause or purpose. It means you’re super-eager and super-committed to making something happen, and you’ll go to great lengths for it. It can have a bit of a negative connotation, and it’s more often seen in the form overzealous, which is being excessively eager, to the point of being a fanatic.

Anonymous asked: Hi there! I recently stumbled upon your blog and absolutely fell in love with you wordsmithery! I'd like to ask you a favour; I am planning my wedding for mid-2014 (yay) and have an idea to add small cards to each guest's seat - each with a definition that matches his/her personality. I'd like to ask your for your permission to take some of these definitions from your site. I'll make sure to keep your address on them and credit you in some way :) Regards, Krystal

That sounds like a brilliant idea! Absolutely, go for it. I appreciate the credit. Congratulations and best wishes to both of you!

pronunciation | 'kI-ros (KYE-ross, English); kEr-‘os (keer-OSS, Greek)Greek | καιρόςnote | Kairos is both a rhetorical term for “the opportune moment” (as above) and the word for “weather”.

pronunciation | 'kI-ros (KYE-ross, English); kEr-‘os (keer-OSS, Greek)
Greek | καιρός
note | Kairos is both a rhetorical term for “the opportune moment” (as above) and the word for “weather”.

Anonymous asked: make a facebook page for these? Please please please

You’re welcome! Otherwordly on Facebook

I have Twitter and Pinterest too, if those are more your thing. I’m also going to start an Instagram, but two someones I don’t know have registered both “otherwordly” and “otherwordly_” and started posting things from my blog without me, so… I’ll have to think about that one a little longer. But come check out Otherwordly at these other neat places.

If you registered either of those Instagram accounts, I’d love to speak to you, so send me an ask or an email—thanks!

pronunciation | 'RAs-fA-ber (RACE-fay-ber)

pronunciation | 'RAs-fA-ber (RACE-fay-ber)

Anonymous asked: are you still alive? please be more active ;)

kinda been a permanent passenger on the struggle bus lately but I deeply appreciate all of you guys and your continued support and messages (especially the “are you alive??” ones). as my thank-you, I’ll post a word tomorrow or bust. much love to everyone.

(for the folks sharing a seat with me)

pronunciation | se-ren

pronunciation | se-ren

pronunciation | guan-‘shi

pronunciation | guan-‘shi

pronunciation | de-‘rEv

pronunciation | de-‘rEv

pronunciation | 'nU-mi-nusnote | The word originated in religious usage, but it can be applied to natural experiences as well as supernatural. It can also mean “suggesting the presence of something holy or divine”.

pronunciation | 'nU-mi-nus
note | The word originated in religious usage, but it can be applied to natural experiences as well as supernatural. It can also mean “suggesting the presence of something holy or divine”.

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