New Liberalism, or Evolution of a Bleeding Heart

Evolution of a Bleeding Heart

Evolution of a Bleeding Heart

Doing something a little different today with The Word Wizard. There’s lots of radical ideas, both in the ‘awesome’ definition of the word, and the ‘whoa, that’s way too out there for me’ definition. I’m hoping that, rather than digging our heels in further, we can find some agreement on solving current problems to better the world for future generations. It starts with being honest about our own shortcomings, and the gaps in between ideology and practice.

(Check out Matthew Kalkman and New Liberalism for more info on “timeless freedom”. “Oh my gosh, he’s CANADIAN?!?” But really, it’s only moderately shocking. *Ba-dum-CH!*)


The Word Wizard! Cacophony

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Stirring it up again, are ya?

This week’s word wizard is inspired by the recently riotous rhetoric surrounding U.S. presidential elections. There’s been a lot of hootin’-n-hollerin’ about silly things like ‘fact-checking,’ women’s issues, and the environment. I know I’ve added my fair share to the chorus. But like this…rooster…<<.>>…signalling the start of another day, we can sometimes benefit from the noise. I mean, we needed a wake-up call anyway, right? And besides, it feels good to expel some hot air, get things out in the open. Even if, on first hearing, you have a strong urge to throttle the rooster.

Keep your Fridays funky and fresh…and nerd out with your word out. ;D

cacophony: a harsh discordance or meaningless mixture of sound; (music) frequent use of dissonance, sounding a stark relationship that’s difficult to understand.

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Images are original drawings by Stephanie Murphy.

The Word Wizard! Usurp

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“Seen any monsters?”

I love friendly monsters. I mean, who doesn’t? These little guys came by for a visit, and they were a kick in the imaginary pants.

Keep your Fridays funky and fresh…and nerd out with your word out. ;D

This week’s word — usurp — is one I’ve always had a hard time with. I think it’s the doubled long ‘u’ sound; it makes my mouth all noodly. So what better time to combine the ‘sounds-like’ learning trick with the wacky conversation trick? Remember: If you can picture someone using a new word in conversation, it makes it easier to remember. And the more ridiculous the characters, the better. [enter: silly monsters…]

usurp (v.) : “to seize and hold… in possession by force or without right; to take or make use of without right.”

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That tricksy slurpalasaurus….

Happy Friday, word nerds. And watch out for stealthy monsters at lunchtime. *sluuuuurrrrp!*

Cartoons are original drawings by Stephanie Murphy.

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