Word Of The Day 3-31-2017



To walk as a stranger, or to exist as a stranger. Often invokes the sense of a melancholy or loneliness one might feel as a person alone in a foreign land.


The man walked through the town with a feeling of xenization.


Xen-” comes from Greek xénos, which as an adjective means foreign or strange; as a noun, it means a foreigner or a stranger.

-ize” means to convert or change into.

Word Of The Day 3-30-2017


Popularity: Bottom 30% of words


having a strong urge to write

“A simple gift of a fountain-pen, triggered her scripturient passions that manifested in the next book in the series.”




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Reena Saxena

Words are

tools of expression,

but oh, so limited.

They need to be learned

and cannot break

the barriers of language

dialect, accent and culture.

My body speaks

just what I think,

no more, no less.

I can speak to animals

and humans alike.

I love, I care,

I look, I stare.

Yet, I need words

to frame my own thoughts

and label feelings,

to ignore the tremors

but say, I do not fear,

to be depressed, but

smile and spread cheer.

Words are the barriers

between me and myself

Words are a mask

Words are diplomacy

Words were created

as tools of manipulation

not expression.

Inspired by JSW Writing Challenge


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Word Of The Day 3-29-2017


ha·mar·tia \ˌhä-ˌmär-ˈtē-ə\
Popularity: Bottom 40% of words


tragic flaw – a mistake in judgment committed by a tragic hero. While the character’s intentions and personal flaws play a central role in this process, this word specifically refers to the character’s erroneous action. This error may be the result of a lack of knowledge or moral flaw, and it generally brings about the sorrow, downfall, or death of the hero. The results are usually the direct opposite of the character’s expectations.


That is not unmotivated, however; it is of Aspatia’s own choosing and of Amintor’s hamartia. Francis Beaumont: Dramatist Charles Mills Gayley
The pathetic devotion of Aspatia is essential to our understanding of Amintor’s tragic weakness, his hamartia. Francis Beaumont: Dramatist Charles Mills Gayley
Hamlet’s tragic flaw in Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet” determines his tragic downfall. Hamlet’s hamartia is his indecisiveness. He cannot make up his mind about the dilemmas he confronts. https://literarydevices.net/hamartia/

Did You Know?

Aristotle introduced the term in the Poetics to describe the error of judgment which ultimately brings about the tragic hero’s downfall. As you can imagine, the word is most often found in literary criticism. However, news writers occasionally employ the word when discussing the unexplainable misfortune or missteps of über celebrities regarded as immortal gods and goddesses before being felled by their own shortcomings.

Origin and Etymology of hamartia

Greek, from hamartanein to miss the mark, err.

Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014