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The Weekly Word – Plethora

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This Week’s Word is doubly special because it is a request from a fan and admirer of our program.

Fans and admirers are few and far between in this business, so it you really want to get my attention, become a fan and, even better, become an admirer and then nominate a word to be our Word of the Week.

There’s basically only one rule on nominations.  Try to keep them to less than six syllables.  More than that and you’ll tongue-tie your host.

This week’s Word of the Work is spelled just like it sounds but its meaning might be unfamiliar.

Its origin is a Greek word that meant “fullness.”  The way we use “Plethora” today is as a noun – a person, place or thing – that means a very large amount or number of something; an amount or number that is greater than what is necessary.

Give it a listen and, as a bonus, you’ll learn how to spell it correctly, any time and all the time.  And remember your assignment:  use the word (correctly) in an email or a conversation.  But, most important, have fun with your Word of the Week.

The Weekly Word – Equanimity

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This week’s Weekly Word is a great one to show off and impress your friends and neighbors with.

It’s a little tricky to pronounce – it’s got five syllables – and at first glance you might think it’s hard to spell, but it’s not.

Our Weekly Word – Equanimity – is spelled exactly the way it sounds, unlike many of the words you’ve learned.

Work first on pronouncing our Weekly Word correctly – sound out each of its five syllables – then get to work on learning how to spell it.

Write it down at least ten times until you spell it right every time, all the time.

After all that work, you’ll especially appreciate our Weekly Word’s meaning.

Notice that it’s a Noun which means it’s a person, place or thing.  And this Week’s Weekly Word is an intangible thing, that is, you may sense or experience it but won’t be able to actually see, feel or touch it.

And here’s the meaning that you’ve been waiting for. This Week’s Weekly Word – Equanimity – means calmness under stress or when dealing with problems.

There’s your Weekly Word, your Word of the Week.  Now you’ve got to go out and use the Word in a conversation or in writing something.  And when you do, make sure you spell it right, every time and all the time.

But most important.  Have fun with your Weekly Word.  There’s nothing wrong with showing off your vocabulary to your friends and neighbors.

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The Weekly Word – Glitch

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This Week’s Word is one I’m sure you’ve heard a lot lately.  And it seems like there are a lot of them going around.

But what does the word really mean?  Is it being used correctly in all the media reports you’re hearing?  Where did it come from?

Here’s the one place where you’ll learn all the answers and more.

Give it a listen and, as a bonus, you’ll learn how to spell it correctly, any time and all the time.  And remember your assignment:  use the word (correctly) in an email or a conversation.  But, most important, have fun with your Word of the Week.

The Weekly Word – Nonchalant

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Yes, I’ve been neglectful and have overlooked supplying your periodic vocabulary fix.  Well, you can stop clamoring now.  Your wait is over.  The Weekly Word – your Word of the Week – is back again.

Are you ready for this week’s word.  Here it comes. It’s “nonchalant.”

There are lots of interesting things to learn about this week’s word.  First, it’s not a noun or a verb; instead, it’s an adjective.  That means it describes or clarifies or gives a deeper meaning to something.

Next, this week’s Weekly Word is not easy to spell.  You may be tempted to spell it using an “E” or two.  But don’t do that.  Notice that there are no “E’s” in nonchalant; instead, there are two “A’s.” Be careful and spell it right, every time, all the time.

The best part of this week’s Weekly Word is it’s actually two words that have been put together by time and use.  The first word – “non” – is easy to spot and figure out.  And it means exactly what it looks like it means – “not.”

The second of the two words that make up this week’s Weekly Word is much more interesting – “chalant.”  It has French and Latin origins and means “warm.”  So, taken literally, our Weekly Word means to be “not warm;” in other words, to be nonchalant is “to be cool.”

Our contemporary usage of nonchalant is a little more nuanced that simply being “cool.”  Someone who acts nonchalant might be “casual” or “complacent.”  A nonchalant air implies experience and confidence.

Have fun with this week’s Weekly Word.

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The Weekly Word – Umbrage

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Here’s this week’s Word of the Week.

It’s one I’m sure you’ve heard before, but are you sure it was used correctly?  It’s kind of tricky.

Listen carefully for how to spell it and make sure to spell it right, every time, all the time.

Listen even more carefully for how it is supposed to be used.

You know your assignment.  Use the word some time this week.  But make sure to use it correctly.  And, best of all, have fun with the Weekly Word.