Word Nerds

I love being part of a word family. So, this is a shout out to my mom, aunts and uncles -- you're a bunch of word nerds, and you're awesome.

A new vocabulary word


either a par of uprights that can be swung out over the side of a ship for lowering or raising a small boat; or
a crane in a ship's bow, formerly used to raise or lower the anchor

A demonstration of a modern hydraulic davit system can be seen here.

Resources for Word Nerds

Word Nerds
A podcast about words, language, and why we say the things we do.

World in Words
Another podcast about language, with political analysis of how we use language across the globe. From PRI's The World.

Confusing Words
A growing database of English words that are often misunderstood or misused. Or just confusing.

Online Etymology Dictionary
As it sounds, a site that explains the roots of words.

Free Rice
For every vocabulary word you define correctly, they donate 20 grains of rice through the UN World Food Program. (I've been playing off and on since November, so I've probably mentioned this before).

1 comment:

F.L/ D.L. said...

Your blogs have quite an assortment of word-oriented diversions. Nicely done!