Vocab Builder: A Way With Words

One of my favorite podcasts is “A Way With Words.” Martha and Grant are entertaining at answering callers questions about language, and AWWW is a great source of words. Here are a few I’ve picked up recently.

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  • Brummagem: showy and cheap
  • Jitney: a small vehicle that transports riders for a small fare
  • Heebie-jeebies: a case of the jitters; nervousness
  • Bogart: “to hoard something or act selfishly”
  • Emboloalia: use of lots of filler words, such as like, um, and you know, in conversation

What are your favorite sources of new words? Let me know in the comments section below!

About Erin Brenner

With a BA and an MA in English, Erin has been an editing professional for 15 years, working on a variety of media, especially online. Her niche is business/marketing and online. In addition, she has experience teaching editing to non-editors and coaching writers. In 2008, Erin was bitten by the social media bug...hard. Follow her on Twitter, @ebrenner, and get a daily vocabulary word, a link to the article of the day, and much more. You can also find her on Facebook and LinkedIn.
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