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Afraid? Don’t Be. They’re Only Words

I’ve never known anyone to fear words, but I found that such a phobia exists. Fear of long words is hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia. Can’t pronounce it? That’s OK. This phobia sometimes is shortened to sesquippedaliophobia. According to a 2008 article in The Telegraph, this irrational fear can leave sufferers with shortness of breath, rapid breathing, an irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea and an overall sense of dread.

Let’s see if I can help. Here are 10 words that used to confuse you until you read this.

anoint — not annoint

broadcast — It’s not broadcasted when using the past tense.

buses — plural of bus. It’s not busses, for that means “kisses.”

crisscross — If you’ve been to a wedding, birthday party, bar/bat mitzvah in the last few years, you’ve no doubt heard “The Cha Cha Slide” by DJ Casper aka Mr. C The Slide Man aka Willie aka Willie Perry Jr. The command “Crisscross!” appears several times. But it’s not criss-cross, Kris Kross or Chris Cross. Those are, in order, a 1949 movie, an American rap duo and an American singer/songwriter best know for “Ride Like the Wind,” “Sailing” and “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do).”

czar — refers to the rulers of Russia from 1547-1917. You also often see tsar, which is correct.

database  – one word, not two

deathbed — one word, not two

Dr Pepper — no period

easygoing — not easy-going

embarrass — always double-r and double-s

Until next time! Use the right words!


January 30, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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