January 17th, 2012

rapscallion

A rascal, a rogue, a scoundrel, a generally unsavoury character.

April 18th, 2014

rathe

Prompt and eager; early blooming.

April 18th, 2013

ratiocinate

to think or argue logically and methodically

December 12th, 2016

ratiocinate

To think or argue logically and methodically.

October 9th, 2012

Read My Lips

by Chris Hancock

Wordnerds need no convincing of the power of well-chosen words. Nowhere is this more evident than in the search for the perfect political campaign slogan. And there’s no bigger campaign than that for the presidency of the United States of America. This time round, Barack Obama is putting his faith in Forward while Mitt Romney has gone with Believe in America. Let’s take a look at some of the other slogans employed over the years – some more successfully than others.

US Presidents can normally stand for two terms, so most contests are between the incumbent – who wants things to stay the same – and a challenger – who naturally wants things to be different.

July 16th, 2013

Red Herring

This week is all about the stories behind the sayings. Today’s post is the first of five, and might give you a clue as to our theme…or will it?

Here’s a scientific fact for you, wordnerds: when you smoke a herring, it goes red. Well, reddish. In the same way that Mars is red.

red herring

In the 1600s, fugitives who were on the run would allegedly keep some of these babies handy in order to throw them at a suitable moment to confuse any bloodhounds that might be chasing them. And so the term came into use, meaning anything that is used to throw someone off the track.

September 16th, 2012

redamancy

The act of loving in return.

May 29th, 2016

redamancy

The act of loving in return.

October 4th, 2012

redivivus

Come back to life, reborn.

June 14th, 2016

redivivus

Come back to life, reborn.