Category Archives: Word of the Week


Digging up the meaning of fossil

I am, in the eyes of my children, a fossil, with out-dated views and opinions out-of-step with fashion.  Of course, a real fossil is … a relic, remnant, or representation of an organism that existed in a past geological age, or of the activity of such an organism, occurring in the form of mineralized bones,...
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Going Dutch

Have you ever noticed how we use Dutch ironically to describe things we don’t like or trust? Dutch is often used humorously to indicate the opposite sense of something, for instance:
  • Going Dutch means people pay for themselves rather than being generous;
  • Speaking double Dutch means what you are saying is incomprehensible;
  • A Dutch treat, is something you pay...
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It is the 100th Anniversary of Anzac Day this week and I have chosen sacrifice as our word of the week. Sacrifice means to give something of value, often altruistically, with the hope of gaining something in return or to avoid greater loss. And from this comes supreme sacrifice: to give your life in the belief...

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Isotropes of unobtainium found

Late last year (Dec 2014) the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary gave their imprimatur to 500 new words by including them in their dictionary. Among these words was unobtainium. For those of us who know our Periodic Table it is quite clear that unobtainium is not an element listed in it. Unobtainium is a humorous word...
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