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Lexiboost: “Attrition” 1: The Act of Desertion

Attrition (n.) 1. a reduction or decrease in numbers, size, or strength: Our club has had a high rate of attrition because so many members have moved away. 3. a gradual reduction in work force without firing of personnel, as when workers resign or retire and are not replaced. Thought …read more →

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Lexiboost: “Efflorescence” The State of Flowering

efflorescence (n.) 1. the state or a period of flowering. 2.an example or result of growth and development: These works are the efflorescence of his genius. The word efflorescence is such an onomatopoetic word, so suggestive of it’s meaning. The feeling of shining, of bursting forth, blooming and blossoming–describing a …read more →

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Lexiboost: “Aberrant” To Conform or Not to Conform?

aberrant (adj.): 1. departing from the right, normal, or usual course. 2. deviating from the ordinary, usual, or normal type; exceptional; abnormal. THOUGHT FOR TODAY: How far should one accept the rules of the society in which one lives? To put it another way: at what point does conformity become …read more →

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Lexiboost: “Perspective” What a Difference a Comma Makes

LexiBoost Du Jour: Perspective (n.): 1. a way of regarding situations, facts, etc, and judging their relative importance The image says it all. Punctuation is perspective. Be mindful that you are saying what you actually mean. You might be giving your power away without realizing it. Commas ( periods, dashes, …read more →

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Lexiboost: “Spoonerism” Horses and Whores

LexiBoost Du Jour: Spoonerism (n.): transposition of initial or other sounds of words, by accident or farce, as in blushing crow for crushing blow. Spelling counts. There is just no getting around it. And while spoonerisms are generally funny and harmless, there are consequences to slips of the tongue (and …read more →

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Lexiboost: “Futilitarian” Hope Floats

LexiBoost Du Jour: futilitarian (adj.): believing that human hopes are vain and unjustified. A recent story reported by NPR, A Miserable Job Market Leads Many to Stop Looking, stated: The official unemployment rate, the headline number that comes out every month, was 9.1 percent in May. It measures how many …read more →

On the Hunt

Lexiboost: “Diversification” Continuing Professional Education

LexiBoost Du Jour: diversification (n.): the practice of investing in a variety of products/activities, to limit loss in the event of market failure There was once a time when your job consisted of doing one specialty well. You were one cog in the wheel, helping to create progressive movement. But …read more →

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Lexiboost: “Malapropism” Is that the right word?

LexiBoost Du Jour: Malapropism (n.): an act or habit of misusing words ridiculously, especially by the confusion of words that are similar in sound. So I am tempted to write about this, but really the pic speaks for itself… Just remember: Proofreading is not just checking for spelling errors, it’s …read more →

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Lexiboost: “Impetus” How to Start

LexiBoost Du Jour: Impetus (n.): a moving force; impulse; stimulus Sometimes just getting started is the most difficult part. Whether it’s drafting a new resume or writing an introduction for a paper or beginning the first chapter of a book. It’s that first line that often gets us and holds …read more →

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Lexiboost: “Animus” The Reason I Write

The reason one writes isn’t the fact he wants to say something. He writes because he has something to say. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald LexiBoost Du Jour: Animus (n.): the animating purpose; intention. I love this exploration with words that I’ve embarked upon. I heard somewhere that the average American vocabulary …read more →