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Lexiboost: “Riposte” Hold your tongue

Riposte (n.): 1. a quick, sharp return in speech or action; counterstroke: a brilliant riposte to an insult. 2. Fencing. a quick thrust given after parrying a lunge. That absolutely perfect comeback is right on the tip of your tongue. The seething riposte would make you feel fabulous—but it could …read more →

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Lexiboost: “Ignominious” Don’t slink out your next interview

Ignominious (adj.): 1. marked by or attended with ignominy; discreditable; humiliating: an ignominious retreat. 2. bearing or deserving ignominy; contemptible. Was your last interview marked by an ignominious retreat? I understand. The key to interviewing victory is planning. As Henry Hartman said: “Success is when preparation meets opportunity.” You already have …read more →

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Quote of the Day: “Doubt Kills”

Writers are called to do the impossible: to bear their souls and stand naked before the world to endure the ridicule and fickleness of human nature. That’s enough to leave anyone shaking in their boots. We are left to wonder if we are saying the right thing, if anyone will …read more →

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Lexiboost: “Heritage” The First Day of Black History Month

Lexicon has been on a bit of a pause for the first month of this New Year 2013. But this first day of February marks the beginning of Black History Month. Tonight the 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards honors the talented multi-hued artists of film and television. Watching this show …read more →

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Lexiboost: “Feliciations” Merry Christmas!

Felicitations (n): an expression of good wishes; congratulation. Here’s wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, prosperous New Year! The daily vocabulary vitamin will return again in 2013. Until then, we wish you felicitations in this joyous season of love, peace, and renewal. May you have today …read more →


Lexiboost: “Nonplussed” Ball of confusion

Nonplussed: (v. used with object) 1. to render utterly perplexed; puzzle completely. (n.) 2. a state of utter perplexity. Has the challenge of this month got you wrapped up in knots? One it’s the Holiday Season and there’s so much joy and frustration wrapped up in that wonderful ball of …read more →

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Lexiboost: “Bromide” Make that resolution today

By Kate E. Stephenson Bromide (n.): 3. a platitude or trite saying. 4. a person who is platitudinous and boring. New Year’s Resolution—what a crock! Never a more offending bromide have I heard. People say they are going to make those resolutions every year and before the breath has left …read more →

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Lexiboost: “Concatenate” Connect the dots

By Kate E. Stephenson Concatenate [kon-kat-n-eyt] (v. used with object): 1. to link together; unite in a series or chain. In this final month of 2012, this is your opportunity to set yourself up right for the New Year. December is National Write Your Business Proposal month, and it’s also …read more →