Message for Tom: Can now subscribe to Word of the day

Hi Tom,

I’ve added a subscribe facility to “Word of the day” on the website, Business Writing Coach as you suggested the other day.

It’s the low-fi, no-frills version so you get a plain, unvarnished email in your inbox each day containing the new word from Samuel and the new word from me.

Subscribe to Word of the day on Business Writing Coach.




71 thoughts on “Message for Tom: Can now subscribe to Word of the day

  1. I love today’s offerings: Walking under a ladder as a black cat crossed my path conflated the infausting.
    I especially like infausting because it conjures up Faust.
    So I guess the CEOs Faustian bargain with the bankers was a conflation of his ignorance and moral turpitude and was truly infausting for the shareholders.


  2. You have no idea how much self control I am being forced to exercise re: Samuel’s word.

    I haven’t heard ‘explainer.’ I always thought that was the person providing the explanation. I guess that means than now explainers provide explainers??


  3. So I guess “Me and my bro had an awesome time” could be translated into “The male sibling to whom I agnatically related and I had a superlative experience.”

    Ouch, I think I prefer the first one.


  4. Given the current state of both fashion and thinking, a case could be made that “dishevelled” should be used more to describe peoples’ thought processes rather than their habiliments.


  5. I’ve heard the term “the whole gamut” for years but never knew that’s where it came from. I like it.
    I had never heard of “to ganch” before. Scary that the practice was sufficiently common to require a name


      • Yes I know what you mean, maybe because it’s like blanch, which you would do if witnessing a ganching. Or stanch, because you’d have to stanch the blood after one?
        Run the gambit? There are so many of those out there–remember the controversy about carrot and stick??


      • Spot on, blanch is in the background. Very astute. I know stanch as staunch. Is this another case of US vs UK usage? I don’t know the carrot and stick one (can I tell you how much I dislike that phrase?)


      • Not sure if stanch and staunch are interchangeable–I’ve heard of staunch meaning firm or strong (“staunch supporters”) as in, “It was hard to stanch my nausea as I listened to the rants of the staunch supporters of (fill in the blank politician).”
        I really don’t like carrot and stick either for a host of reasons but mostly because it is used incorrectly and no one agrees with me that it’s incorrect. The phrase comes from a way of making a donkey pull a cart. You dangle a carrot on a stick in front of the donkey and it keeps walking hoping to catch up with the carrot. So the phrase is “carrot on a stick” and it means any form or inducement to perform.
        However, repeated use has meant some people hear “carrot ana stick” which becomes “carrot and a stick.” Knowing that the carrot is the reward, the stick is interpreted to be the punishment. As in, “The stock options are the carrot and the ten year vesting is the stick.” Really cheeses me off because in what non-donkey plane of existence is a carrot seen as a credible reward??


      • hehe, most public commentators talk nonsense when it comes to inducements. They conform to the standard story that our every action is driven by self-interest so they extrapolate that no matter how tiny the self-interest it looms large to their Pavlov’s dog of an audience. A carrot’s as good as a wink to a blind horse :)

        Very glad to get the truth about the carrot and stick, and of course, it makes sense. After all, the carrot needs something to dangle from!

        Stanch must be the US version. We still use “staunch” to refer to both meanings of the word. But, never fear, we’ll be there very shortly!! I heard the Australian Broadcasting Commission using the term “casket” the other day, and “color”, “favorite”, “center” etc are popping up everywhere.


  6. Re: anecdote–That I did not know. I thought an anecdote was a bon mot.
    Re: deplorable–a wonderful word but my fav is execrable, one of your defining terms. What is so cool about it, aside from its sound, is its companion word inexecrable which means “something that cannot be execrated enough.” So many things spring to mind!


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