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Celebrate National Word Nerd Day! (Contest)
Monday, January 9th, 2023

UPDATE: The winner is…Jana!

Here’s the contest: Open a dictionary (they’re online if you don’t have a physical copy!) and find a word you’ve never used before. Your goal is to learn its meaning and then use it sometime today! You can even choose one of the words I have in the puzzle below!

For our purposes (for the contest), share the word you chose, and its meaning, for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card!
Enjoy the puzzle, fellow nerds!

BTW, my new word is logophile. It’s someone who loves words and languages! How cool is that?

15 comments to “Celebrate National Word Nerd Day! (Contest)”

  1. rita
    · January 9th, 2023 at 11:12 am · Link

    first letter: G
    last letter: H

    Didn’t post the actual word as I read the instructions to only use the first and last letter or word I found to use.

    “…. optimistic, inspiring, outgoing, and expressive. People see you as cheerful, positive and charming.”

    How I plan to use this word today. Nope. Sorry. It’s Monday, not the day to have a prayer of living up to this criteria. lol.

  2. Rita
    · January 9th, 2023 at 11:17 am · Link

    ETA (edited to add)

    Darn. Can’t edit in as I’m now seeing that first and last letter was only for the puzzle which was fun by the way.

    My word was: goloh.

  3. Colleen C.
    · January 9th, 2023 at 12:35 pm · Link

    means “incapable of being fatigued,” i.e. “untiring.”

  4. Beckie
    · January 9th, 2023 at 1:30 pm · Link

    Love to learn travels explore languages and ut variations.

  5. Katherine Anderson
    · January 9th, 2023 at 3:53 pm · Link

    noun. the act of smelling

  6. bn100
    · January 9th, 2023 at 4:56 pm · Link

    pagurian – a hermit crab

  7. Jennifer Beyer
    · January 9th, 2023 at 9:44 pm · Link

    I had never heard of an oronym before! It’s a pair of phrases which share a similar relationship as the homophonic, in that they differ in meaning and spelling, yet share a similar pronunciation. I don’t know where I will ever use it.

  8. K. Campos
    · January 10th, 2023 at 2:48 am · Link

    Bumfuzzled meaning a state of bewilderment: confused or perplexed. Yes, I checked and it’s actually a word in the Merriam-Webster dictionary. It’s fun to say lol, not many people know there’s an actual word for when you feel all those emotions at once, and I have surely felt that way many times before. I’ll be sure to use it alot now.

  9. Mary Preston
    · January 10th, 2023 at 4:39 am · Link

    Biblioklept – one who steals books.

    Not true, but I do borrow.

  10. Pansy Petal
    · January 10th, 2023 at 5:39 pm · Link

    1. The branch of biology that deals with the form and structure of organisms without consideration of function.
    2. The form and structure of an organism or one of its parts.
    3. The study of the structure and form of words in language or a language, including inflection, derivation, and the formation of compounds.

    This word interested me. Maybe because of “formation of compounds.” Isn’t morphology an interesting concept in general and especially as it relates to today’s topic, language?

    I love leaning new words. I subscribe to a “word of the day” site from Miriam/Webster. Today’s word is teleological – (and its less common variant teleologic) is a philosophical term meaning “exhibiting or relating to purpose or design especially in nature.” Their sentence is, “Their teleological theory on the origin of human beings was heavily challenged.” I am not even sure how to use that one in a sentence. But a fun word anyway!

  11. flchen1
    · January 11th, 2023 at 4:08 pm · Link

    I didn’t know several of the words in the puzzle, but have yet to look those up! When I opened the Dictionary app, the word it presented me was “SNYE”, which seems apt, as the streets themselves at the moment are full of channels and snyes…

  12. Mary McCoy
    · January 17th, 2023 at 9:50 am · Link

    Capitonyms are dual meaning words which change their meaning, sometimes even pronunciation, if the first letter is capitalised. Example Turkey, the country and turkey, a tasty bird.

  13. Jana
    · January 17th, 2023 at 1:34 pm · Link

    meaning extremely cold; icy

  14. Mary Liz Wilson
    · January 19th, 2023 at 7:37 pm · Link

    Pedagogy: the function or work of a teacher: teaching

  15. Delilah
    · January 22nd, 2023 at 10:08 am · Link

    I loved your choices of unusual words!! Thanks for sharing! Biblioklept is one of my favorites! Geled? I’ve never heard of it. Had to look up the pronunciation!

    The winner of the GC is…Jana!

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