March 19th, 2014

labefaction

A weakening of principles or order.

August 18th, 2015

labrys

The double-headed axe, a religious symbol of ancient Crete, etc.

December 6th, 2013

lachrymose

Given to tears.

August 7th, 2013

lachschlaganfall

To become unconscious from excessive laughing.

December 29th, 2013

lackadaisical

Lacking spirit, interest or enthusiasm.

December 10th, 2014

laeotropic

Turning to the left.

December 1st, 2014

lageniform

Having a shape resembling a flask, with a large bottom and a narrow neck.

January 7th, 2015

lambent

Glowing with a soft radiance.

March 20th, 2014

langlaufer

A cross-country skier.

March 19th, 2013

Language travellers: the pretender vs the fan

by Russell Jarvis, Travelstart.co.za

Pretenders and fans exist in all facets of life. In sports you will find pretenders everywhere. Take the wannabe golfer for example. Usually has the appearance of a pro, knows the lingo and sports a set of top-of-the-range clubs, yet only tees off a few times a year and barely makes 9 holes. This is the person who will let you think they’re on top of their game and will pull it off quite well… on Facebook.

The fan on the other hand is an armchair critic, well-versed in every technical aspect of the art of smashing the little white ball around the course. They can shoot the breeze with the best and usually have no qualms when it comes to talking to talk. They’re competent on a mashie course but realise they’re no Tiger Woods. They’re also able to see through the façade of the former and will often refer to them as “posers”.