While reading things on the internet, I have discovered some word oddities. Actually, by odd, I mean they are using the wrong words. In the two cases I will cite here, they used actual words that sound like the word they wanted.
Does anyone know what the name for this phenomenon is? The closest I can come is that of the mondegreen. I did a wordsbybob blog post on mondegreens earlier in this blog.
Example 1: Someone said they felt like “crawling up in a ball.” They clearly meant curling up in a ball.
Example 2: Another person said while commenting on the good effort of someone that they did “an admiral” job. I am ninety-nine percent sure they really wanted to say admirable. No offense to anyone who served in the Navy!
My guess, and it is only a guess, is that these people are not great readers. They have probably heard these terms–or misheard them.
What is a nut graph?
Not too long ago, I received an email from my editor about a newspaper article I wrote. He referenced the nut graph that needed some work.
Not having a journalism background, I had to do some research on what a nut graph– or nut graf, nutgraph, nutgraf.
According to Wikipedia, in journalism, nut graph is a paragraph, especially in a feature story. It explains the news value of the story.
It probably came from the term nutshell paragraph. This may be tied to the “in an nutshell” phrase.
Wikipedia says that writing a nut graph is called nutshelling and the writer is called a nutsheller.
Guilty as charged
P.S. As an aside to some of my witty friends and readers, nut graph does not refer to a family tree–mine or others.
Moldering is another word I have never used or heard of until recently. Just as my prior post on oddment, it comes from an essay submission by someone in my writers’ critique group.
This means to turn to dust by natural decay. To crumble to pieces, disintegrate or waste away. (A building can molder.)
It is related to words like:
decompose, decay, rot and spoil.
Bokeh is the word I am thinking of today.
I came across this word as I was reading a book on digital photography. It can be pronounced boh-kay or boh-kuh. In addition to being an interesting word, it would score well in the game of Scrabble.
Definition of bokeh—The aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. It can also mean “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light.”
A photo having a smooth, silky-looking out-of-focus area behind the main subject is said to have a nice bokeh.
The word bokeh is from the Japanese language. It’s a translation of “mental haze.”
Technology really isn’t fading way but some applications maybe be subject to fading.
I recently came across the word blogfade or blog fade, if you prefer.
Blogfade occurs when a person sets up a blog and starts posting to it, only to abandon or forget about it later. Neglecting a blog can be causes by many factors including losing your initial enthusiasm, realizing it is a lot of work, etc. Sometimes blogs fade because the person responsible for it on an organization leaves.
Closely related to blogfade is podcast fade. The concept is the same. Someone starts a podcasts, putting up new episodes on a regular and consistent basis. Again, for whatever reason, they stop doing this.
Dad bod definition
Dad bod is a word I am hearing and seeing more and more. I like to discuss trending words, so today it’s time to look at the definition of dad bod.
Vox.com says , “The term “dad bod” was virtually absent from American conversation until April 30, when a 19-year-old Clemson sophomore named Mackenzie Pearson penned a story in the Clemson Odyssey titled ‘Why Girls Love the Dad Bod.’ Her argument was counter-intuitive, suggesting that women are more attracted to men whose physiques reflect ‘a nice balance between a beer gut and working out’ than they are to hunks with washboard abs.”
A website called bustle.com adds, “Dad bod is a male body type that is best described as ‘softly round.’ It’s built upon the theory that once a man has found a mate and fathered a child, he doesn’t need to worry about maintaining a sculpted physique.”
So maybe we don’t all have to have washboard abs, etc.—thank goodness.