New Word: Games

Image by Rick Brown from Pixabay New Word #111 I haven't watched the South Korean TV show "Squid Game" on Netflix--maybe I will do so during the holiday season. According to google, "Squid Game" depicts people in dire financial straits who sign up to play children's games in the hopes of winning an enormous cash … Continue reading New Word: Games

New Word: Colored Patterns

Image by Alexas_Fotos from Pixabay New Word #110 There are a lot of words to describe different patterns of color, shades, arrangement, style, and material. However I only collected a few. Whenever I want to describe certain pattern, I often feel that I am lost for words. For example, how to describe the fall foliage, … Continue reading New Word: Colored Patterns

New Word: From The News

New Word #108 ghosting: It is said more than 10% of the new hires are ghosting their employer, meaning they don't show up for work and do not give notifications. great resignation: It means that many people have volunteered to resign from jobs since the beginning of 2021. gift economy: This means people exchange household … Continue reading New Word: From The News

New Word: -STLE and -STLER and -LSTER

new word #106 words with -stle or -stler Here I only chose the words that are often used. rustle and rustler rustle: make a sound like dry leaves scratching each other. It also means to round up livestock and to steal themrustler: people who steal other people's livestock hustle and hustler hustle: (North America) try … Continue reading New Word: -STLE and -STLER and -LSTER

New Word: To Describe The Spring

New Word #105 There's an old Italian couple living in a small house not far away from where I live. They have made their front yard a beautiful Italian garden. Since they live at the corner, their garden stretches from their neighbor's hedges on the right hand side to the edge of the sidewalk on … Continue reading New Word: To Describe The Spring

Cultural Differences And Appeal Letters

I think cultural differences become a big mess of entanglement in appeal letters. Time and time again, I've encountered this problem of trying to help somebody with his or her appeal letter, only to find myself unsatisfied during the process. For one thing, the content of an appeal letter is inevitably self contradictory, to certain … Continue reading Cultural Differences And Appeal Letters

New Word: More Compound Verbs

New Word #105 Last week, I gathered several compound verbs here, and this week I find some more. These verbs are so often used that I can't afford to ignore them, although I have tried to avoid using them as much as possible. Now I am thinking of digging all of them out, one by … Continue reading New Word: More Compound Verbs

New Word: Crazy Compound Verbs

New Word #104 The problem with English is that it is very whimsical. Just when you think you've got a hang of it somehow and figured out certain hidden patterns, you are surely to have a new encounter that will completely overthrow your previous understanding. This whim, unpredictability, and mood swing is difficult to deal … Continue reading New Word: Crazy Compound Verbs

New Word: Not Really Similar

New Word #103 These are all words I encountered today while reading. Most are commonly used words, but several are not, like distonic, tropism, truckle. My interest in reading increases a lot when I skip and skim in portions I dislike. And always there are chunks that I don't like even in a book that … Continue reading New Word: Not Really Similar

New Word: Wild

New Word #102 Wild, Wildness, Wilderness, Wilder, Bewilder wildness or wilderness: It seems that these two words are similar. It is a way of making a noun out of the adjective "wild". However I think I see wilderness more often than wildness for some unexplained reasons. wilder and bewilder: These two words are also similar--both … Continue reading New Word: Wild

New Word: Sometimes It’s Confusing

New Word #101 wile and rile I encountered these two words again last week in reading, and I had to look them up again. No matter how many times I tried to remember them, the two words refuse to stick to my mind. Also the two words look and sound similar and I can't distinguish … Continue reading New Word: Sometimes It’s Confusing

New Word: Memory

Image by Michal Jarmoluk from Pixabay New Word #100 It's the 100 post for the "New Word" series, but I don't have an exciting topic for it. So I choose to list some words for memory. One Remembers It reminiscence: A remembrance of the past occurrences. nostalgia: fond memory of the past déjà vu: It's … Continue reading New Word: Memory

New Word: Varying Degree Of Want

Image by Erin East from Pixabay New Word #99: Varying Degree Of Want cacoethes: the uncontrollable desire to do something not advisable. Usually people use indulge, pamper, pander, coddle, cater. appetency: a natural inclination or a desire covet: the yearning to have something desiderium: a strong feeling of desire or loss velleity: a desire which … Continue reading New Word: Varying Degree Of Want

New Word #98: Event

Valentine's day and the Super Bowl are great occasions for learning new words. And for this year, the two almost fall on the same day. What are the odds? I typed "valentine" in google search, which tells me that it means "a card sent, often anonymously, on St. Valentine's Day (February 14) to a person … Continue reading New Word #98: Event

New Word #96: Lunar New Year

Image by Tú Nguyễn from Pixabay I was trying to go to HMart, the Korean grocery store, to get some photos with Lunar New Year display, but last weekend's snow storm made it impossible. So far I haven't been able to go. Then I searched online, but none of the photos really expresses the overwhelming … Continue reading New Word #96: Lunar New Year

New Word #95: Name

Image by StockSnap from Pixabay nickname, sobriquet, alias, aka, moniker, hypocorism I've never seen hypocorsim, sobriquet, or moniker being used, but I've seen alias, aka, and nickname very often. We all have nicknames and I just love people's nicknames more than their formal names. For example, American Indian warriors always have wonderful nicknames like Sitting … Continue reading New Word #95: Name

New Word #94: H And K

Image by S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay Hike, Hiker, Hiking hike: It means a walk outside of the areas inhabited by humans. It can be a mountain, or a wild park. Usually in these places, there are hiking trails to accommodate hikers. Actually I went hiking several times, but I really didn't like … Continue reading New Word #94: H And K

New Word #92: Verb

Image by Tracy Lundgren from Pixabay Verboten is a word I learned from Bonnywood's post here. Although it starts with verb, it doesn't have much to do with verb. Other Words Starting With "Verb" There are more words that start with "verb", but I only selected several that are commonly used. verbatim: in exactly the … Continue reading New Word #92: Verb

Quote Of The Day 34

Image by Kristine Lejniece from Pixabay I found some quotes on "hope" that I think are very interesting. We can't live without hope, but hope can sometimes lead us astray. “It’s not the despair... I can take the despair. It’s the hope I can’t stand.” This is from Blackthorn's post here. The post describes a … Continue reading Quote Of The Day 34

New Word #91: Rag, Rig, Rug

Image by Jerzy Górecki from Pixabay Rag, rig and rug are all commonly used words. There's no "rog", but there is a word called "rogue", which I call "instant word". "Instant word" means a word that one can remember instantly, like love at first sight, and never forget. Rogue is such a word. rag: a … Continue reading New Word #91: Rag, Rig, Rug

New Word #90: Figure Skating

Image by Дмитрий Бирюков from Pixabay Every year, I would watch half to one hour of figure skating competition. Every four years, I would watch two to three hours of figure skating Olympics. However my knowledge of figure skating never improves. I don't understand the differences between different jumps, can't distinguish between two, three, or … Continue reading New Word #90: Figure Skating

One Hundred Judges (Flash Fiction #94)

Image by Here and now from Pixabay "If you want my opinion, Dr. Tsai, I would say you should make it more personal. Right now it has a stern official air to it, that it put people off. I will add, you know, like favorite colors, hobbies etc." That's the comment two undergraduate students give … Continue reading One Hundred Judges (Flash Fiction #94)

New Word #88: New Year New Beginning

Image by t3ddy4rt from Pixabay Let's celebrate the new year by compiling a list of words for "beginning", even though I am still the plain old me, with no difference whatsoever with one week, one month, or one year ago. A friend sends a message saying that he has very modest wishes for the new … Continue reading New Word #88: New Year New Beginning

Unlearned In 2021

Image by Pexels from Pixabay Discount I couldn't resist a discount. It didn't matter what it was, books, clothes, phone, furniture, or even food. Whenever I heard of the word "sale", I just have to buy it. And in 2021, I finally did try very hard to get rid of this habit. So far, it's … Continue reading Unlearned In 2021

New Word #87: Sweet & Bitter

Image by Pexels from Pixabay Sweet Words chocoholic: (informal) a person who is addicted to or excessively fond of chocolate. saccharophobia: Fear of. sugar, and sugary foods and drinks. sweetie, sweetheart, honey: (informal) used as a term of endearment (especially as a form of address). saccharine: excessively sweet or sentimental. dulce: a sweet food or … Continue reading New Word #87: Sweet & Bitter

New Word #86: Christmas

Image by Uschi Leonhartsberger-Schrott from Pixabay Christmas is a great occasion to learn new words. I know a lady who really wanted her kid to learn better English. She actually decorated her place and put labels on each item with English words on it. What a sweet mother she is. Holiday Decoration poinsettia: a small … Continue reading New Word #86: Christmas

Expectation And Reality

I expected that the boxed Narcissus bulbs would grow and thrive and smile back at me in hundreds of blossoms. The word "hundreds" is obviously an exaggeration, but twenty is a realistic number, which is exactly what the little dainty tag that comes with the box is claiming with its picture. However, after a little … Continue reading Expectation And Reality

New Word #85: Cave

Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay Cave, Cavern, Caveat cavern: Cavern is said to be a cave or a chamber in a cave. caveat: a warning or proviso of specific stipulations, conditions, or limitations. "there are a number of caveats which concern the validity of the assessment results". I really like this word and has … Continue reading New Word #85: Cave

New Word #84: Sound Of Holiday

Image by Gerhard G. from Pixabay I went to Trader Joe's today and grabbed its "Holiday Guide". The first sentence is like this: "What the heck is Jingle Jangle? It could be a reference to '70's-era Rankin-Bass cartoon characters or lyrics to a cowboy ditty referencing spurs." I have no idea what it is talking … Continue reading New Word #84: Sound Of Holiday

New Word #83: Combine PR with M

Premiere, Premium, Premier, Prime These four words are used very often, but I will never understand their differences. In my often mistaken views, they are the same--meaning something good--but they are used in different occasions. premiere: the first performance of a musical or theatrical work or the first showing of a movie. The debut of … Continue reading New Word #83: Combine PR with M

New Word #82: Thanksgiving

Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay Thanksgiving is a great occasion for learning new words. I don't mean just food and holiday related words, but other words like vibe, corny etc. as well. I still remember my first Thanksgiving years ago when our most hospitable host made a joke about corn and used the word "corny" … Continue reading New Word #82: Thanksgiving

New Word #81: Recently Learned

Image by Pexels from Pixabay cabal: a secret political clique or faction. "a cabal of dissidents"From Pooja's post here. I've never encountered this word before in my reading, but it looks like a very interesting word. I've seen words with similar meanings like clique, old boys' club, inner circle, junta. ruckus: a disturbance or commotion.From … Continue reading New Word #81: Recently Learned

Poem Of The Day #33

Image by 👀 Mabel Amber, who will one day from Pixabay It rains so hard as if it is summer again, as if Hurricane Ida comes back after a 2-month pause, as if there's no tomorrow-- the trees hardly recovered from the last rain; the fallen leaves swept to one corner, soaked in a pile; … Continue reading Poem Of The Day #33

New Word #79: Confusing Word Pairs

Image by Anna Zielińska from Pixabay Read has nothing to do with ready, and test has nothing to do with testy. We can tell these pairs apart easily. However there are some pairs that are difficult for non-native speakers like me to distinguish one from the other. No matter how many times I learn to … Continue reading New Word #79: Confusing Word Pairs

New Word #78: Friendship

Photo by Providence Doucet on Unsplash I am a little surprised there are quite a lot of words about friendship. I think there are more, and let me know if I miss any. These are all regularly used words. buddy:a close friend. sorority: a women's student organization formed chiefly for social purposes and having a … Continue reading New Word #78: Friendship

New Word #77: Halloween

Image by Robert Davis from Pixabay Halloween is an occasion to learn scary words, watch scary movies, light pumpkin lamps. Here I only list a few scary words that I am quite familiar with. There are many more. Please leave me a comment and add words to this scary list. Scary Words uncanny: strange or … Continue reading New Word #77: Halloween

New Word #76: Common Gestures

With Hands hand in hand: (of two people) with hands joined, especially as a mark of affection. wring one's hands: clasp and twist one's hands together as a gesture of great distress, especially when one is powerless to change the situation. "she was wringing her hands in agitation" tightfisted: not willing to spend or give … Continue reading New Word #76: Common Gestures

The Loan Words

Photo by Alina Vilchenko from Pexels It is said that recently the Oxford English Dictionary has included 26 new loan words from South Korea. Some of these are quite interesting. kimchi: a Korean dish of spicy pickled cabbage. It is said this word is recorded in this dictionary in 1976. I am really astonished since … Continue reading The Loan Words

New Word #75: Facial Expressions

Image by Digital Photo and Design DigiPD.com from Pixabay Expressions grin: smile broadly, especially in an unrestrained manner and with the mouth open. grimace: an ugly, twisted expression on a person's face, typically expressing disgust, pain, or wry amusement. frown: form an expression of disapproval, displeasure, or concentration, typically by turning down the corners of … Continue reading New Word #75: Facial Expressions

New Word #74: Recently Learned

Image by freestocks-photos from Pixabay loll: sit, lie, or stand in a lazy, relaxed way."the two girls lolled in their chairs"lollygag: spend time aimlessly; idle. "he sends her to Arizona every January to lollygag in the sun"Loll is easily confused with lull, which means "calm or send to sleep, typically with soothing sounds or movements."From … Continue reading New Word #74: Recently Learned

New Word #73: Partying

Image by ktphotography from Pixabay Parties My Friends Enjoy There's no such phrase like "harvest party" or "fruit party". I invented them just to describe the activities my friends enjoy. Since almost everybody is burdened by mortgages (house, car etc.) and his or her kid's education costs, people want inexpensive parties. harvest party: Backyard harvest … Continue reading New Word #73: Partying

New Word #72: I Love Cats

Image by Bessi from Pixabay Lion I had thought lions only exist in Africa until I watched a video showing that lions also exist around Gir Forest National Park in India. This is life. Whenever we think something is set in stone, an exception comes in to surprise us. Tiger I heard of Siberian tiger, … Continue reading New Word #72: I Love Cats

New Word #71: Between Two Things

Image by hudsoncrafted from Pixabay The Differences There are many words to describe the differences between two things, each being a little different from others, each being used in certain circumstances. dichotomy: A division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different. "a rigid dichotomy between science … Continue reading New Word #71: Between Two Things

New Word #70: C And P

Image by cocoparisienne from Pixabay Commonly Used scrap: a small piece or amount of something, especially one that is left over after the greater part has been used. It's often used in "a scrap of paper", "scrap metal", "wood scraps". scrappy: 1. consisting of disorganized, untidy, or incomplete parts. 2. (informal•North American) determined, argumentative, or … Continue reading New Word #70: C And P

New Word #69: Recently Learned

piranhas: A deep-bodied South American freshwater fish that typically lives in schools and has very sharp teeth that are used to tear flesh from prey. It has a reputation as a fearsome predator.From Boblorentson's blog here. sashay: Walk in an ostentatious yet casual manner, typically with exaggerated movements of the hips and shoulders.biscotti: Small, crisp … Continue reading New Word #69: Recently Learned

New Word #68: Confusing Pairs

deliver vs. deliverance For the longest time, I thought deliverance is the noun form for deliver until one day I realized that it's a mistake. Deliver's noun form is delivery, not deliverance. The two words share similar bodies, but with different tails. Deliverance is not used very often thankfully, which explains why I didn't realize … Continue reading New Word #68: Confusing Pairs

New Word #67: High And Low

The High Point in Height elevation: same as altitude, which means the height above a given level, especially sea level. For example, Edison Township of New Jersey has an elevation of 39 feet, which is equivalent to 12 meters. Since it is so close to the seaside (but no beach unless you travel two hours … Continue reading New Word #67: High And Low

New Word #66: Number 4

Photo by Yan Ming on Unsplash Many Words For "Four" quad: a quadrangle. In architecture, a quadrangle is a space or a courtyard, usually rectangular in plan, the sides of which are entirely or mainly occupied by parts of a large building. For example, several universities in the U.S. have quad like yard and architecture, … Continue reading New Word #66: Number 4

New Word #64: Recently Learned

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay charade: an absurd pretense intended to create a pleasant or respectable appearance."talk of unity was nothing more than a charade"From Terveen Gill's blog here. jaggery: a coarse dark brown sugar made in India by evaporation of the sap of palm trees.From Terveen Gill's blog here. codicil: addition or supplement … Continue reading New Word #64: Recently Learned

New Word #63: Commonly Used S&P

Image by Roland Mey from Pixabay Years ago, I was baffled by the phrases the native speakers often use that I had never learned at all from textbooks or classes or any of my readings. When it is a cold weather, people often say "nippy"; when something is not affordable, people don't say expensive but … Continue reading New Word #63: Commonly Used S&P

New Word #62: All About “Three”

Photo by Yan Ming on Unsplash Related with Three (Commonly Used) triad: a group or set of three connected people or things.trilogy: a group of three related novels, plays, films, operas, or albums.triple: consisting of or involving three parts, things, or peopletriplet: one of three children or animals born at the same birth.trinity: the state … Continue reading New Word #62: All About “Three”

New Word #61: All About “Two”

Image by Darkmoon_Art from Pixabay There are a lot of words to represent two in English. Here I will not list pair, double, couple, or twin since these are too often used and are well known. Other languages also have more than one word for two, but probably not as many as those in English. … Continue reading New Word #61: All About “Two”

New Word #60: Recently Learned

From WordPress Blogs gasconade: extravagant boasting.From Pooja's post here. unruly: disorderly and disruptive and not amenable to discipline or control.From Terveen's post here. rehash: Put (old ideas or material) into a new form without significant change or improvement.expound: present and explain (a theory or idea) systematically and in detail.From Heterodox Buddhist's post here. continuum: a … Continue reading New Word #60: Recently Learned

New Word #59: Related With Time

Image by Stefan Keller from Pixabay There are so many words and phrases related with time that I don't know where to start. Here I only listed a few that I consider the most commonly and regularly used. If you have any words or phrases you'd like to add, please leave me a comment. Time … Continue reading New Word #59: Related With Time

New Word #58: Alliteration

Image by hudsoncrafted from Pixabay Alliteration means the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words. There are so many occurrences of alliteration in English--brand names, slang, routine phrases, new phrases--that it is impossible to have an exhaustive list. Here I only list a few that I … Continue reading New Word #58: Alliteration

New Word #57: Weather Related

Image by Cindy Lever from Pixabay Tornado And Wind tornado: a mobile, destructive vortex of violently rotating winds having the appearance of a funnel-shaped cloud and advancing beneath a large storm system. tempest: a violent windy storm. blizzard: a severe snowstorm with high winds and low visibility. derecho: a widespread, long-lived wind storm that is … Continue reading New Word #57: Weather Related

New Word #56: What Does It Sound Like

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay Say Something articulation: the formation of clear and distinct sounds in speech. enunciation: the act of pronouncing words. diction: the style of enunciation in speaking or singing; the choice and use of words and phrases in speech or writing. Say Something Unclear susurration: an indistinct sound, as of whispering or … Continue reading New Word #56: What Does It Sound Like

New Word #55: Recently Learned

Image by congerdesign from Pixabay callow: (of a young person) inexperienced and immature.This is from Pooja's post here. ossify: become rigid or fixed in attitude or position; cease developing.This is from Pooja's post here. nefarious: (typically of an action or activity) wicked or criminal.flounce: (verb) go or move in an exaggeratedly impatient or angry manner; … Continue reading New Word #55: Recently Learned

New Word #54: Gastronomy

Image by Дарья Яковлева from Pixabay The word gastronomy means the practice or art of choosing, cooking, and eating good food. The first time I saw this word, I thought it's something related with astronomy, but to my surprise, it has nothing to do with the sky or celestial bodies. People Who Enjoy Food gourmet: … Continue reading New Word #54: Gastronomy

New Words #53: Related With Books Or Words

Photo by Alina Vilchenko from Pexels bibliophile and logophile: bibliophile: a person who collects or has a great love of books. logophile: a lover of words. wordy and verbose and prolix and verbiage wordy: using or expressed in too many words. verbose: using or expressed in more words than are needed. verbiage: speech or writing … Continue reading New Words #53: Related With Books Or Words

New Word #52: Life And Death

Photo by Anthony Shkraba from Pexels These are all commonly used phrases and I have encountered one or another in different time in my reading or in conversations. I have to say I haven't used much of these in my own writing for the simple reason that I am not dead certain of the suitability. … Continue reading New Word #52: Life And Death

New Word #51: Recently Learned

Image by Laci Döme from Pixabay rictus: a fixed grimace or grin.From DeRicki's post here. cryonic: The practice or technique of deep-freezing the bodies of people who have just died, in the hope that scientific advances may allow them to be revived in the future. I have often wondered if any of the cryonic bodies … Continue reading New Word #51: Recently Learned

New Word #49: Related With Body

Image by Engin Akyurt from Pixabay These are phrases commonly used. I think I didn't include phrases with "ears" since I can't think of any other than "I'm all ears" to indicate I'm interested in listening. If you have any phrases you want to add, please leave me a comment. Face facelift: a procedure carried … Continue reading New Word #49: Related With Body

New Word #48 : Cats And Dogs

Image by StockSnap from Pixabay There are many lively phrases and idioms with animals in them. Here I have compiled a list of phrases that are commonly used. There are a lot more out there that I haven't heard of. And please let me know if you have encountered any. Cats curiosity killed the cat: … Continue reading New Word #48 : Cats And Dogs

New Word #47: Recently Learned

Shibboleth: a custom, principle, or belief distinguishing a particular class or group of people, especially a long-standing one regarded as outmoded or no longer important.From Pooja's post here. maudlin: self-pityingly or tearfully sentimental, often through drunkenness.From mjcd2017's post here. traction: the action of drawing or pulling something over a surface, especially a road or track. … Continue reading New Word #47: Recently Learned

New Word #46: That Doesn’t Sound Like English

Image by Tumisu from Pixabay Someone sent me a message with "raison d'être" in it. Show off. I actually wondered how he finds "ê" on the keyboard. This is life, isn't it? Once one can handle English, one realizes that the goal post is moving to a French location. I used to be annoyed by … Continue reading New Word #46: That Doesn’t Sound Like English

New Word #45: The Olympic Games

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay Watching the ongoing Olympic games is great for learning some new words. And suddenly I realize that there are so many sports related words--actually every sports have its own pile of terms that people not interested in it would not understand. Since I am really bad with sports, I can … Continue reading New Word #45: The Olympic Games

New Word #44 : Rice Dishes

Image by Andrey Muzychuk from Pixaba This is only a list of rice dishes I've encountered in New Jersey so far. I feel rather embarrassed when I can't pronounce a dish's name when ordering it. Living in a multicultural environment but not being able to at least learn an entree's name that I want to … Continue reading New Word #44 : Rice Dishes

New Word #43: Cooking Methods

Image by congerdesign from Pixabay grill vs barbecue I never know what's the difference between grill and barbecue. Some people told me barbecue is the sauce while grill is the method; some say grilled meat has less fat than barbecued meat. Still I don't know the difference. Or probably they are the same. grill: cook … Continue reading New Word #43: Cooking Methods

Language And Custom (Flash Non-Fiction #46)

Photo by Jazmin Quaynor on Unsplash This morning, as I spent ten minutes to review some Thai phrases from a website, I suddenly remember several strange incidents happened in school when I was learning English as a second language. I can't remember exactly when this happened, but it could be when I was a forth … Continue reading Language And Custom (Flash Non-Fiction #46)