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Wednesday Winner: Mellifluous
Today’s Word of the Day was chosen by actor and logophile Matthew MacCaull of Vancouver, Canada. MacCaull has acted in several TV series and films including Disney’s Tomorrowland and the drama iZombie. We thought he picked mellifluous because he writes music in addition to acting, but MacCaull was inspired by the TV show The Sopranos: “Little Carmine was famous for always using big words inappropriately. But …
Should overused words be banished?
Earlier this week NPR’s All Things Considered announced what they called the 2011 Banished Words of the Year. Compiled by a former journalist at Lake Superior State University in Michigan, the list is an inversion of the 2011 most important words list. Rather than words that accurately describe the past year’s events, the Banished Words are terms that were misused, overused or generally useless, to …
Origin of logophile
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