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I spend most of my time daydreaming and creating otherworldly tales steeped in myth, magic, and romance. All of my heroes have long hair, and my heroines are strong-willed. Prior to being a writer, I played bass guitar in an all-girl hard rock/metal band in southern California. When I'm not writing, editing, or reading, I enjoy practicing target archery.
 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Weird Word Wednesday

dehisce
verb  de·hisce \di-ˈhis\
Popularity: Bottom 30% of words
Definition of dehisce
Dehisced dehiscing
intransitive verb
:  to split along a natural line; also :  to discharge contents by so splitting
Origin and Etymology of dehisce
Latin dehiscere to split open, from de- + hiscere to gape; akin to Latin hiare to yawn — more at yawn


First Known Use: 1657

Kelley Heckart
Otherworldly tales steeped in myth & magic.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Weird Word Wednesday

degauss
verb  de·gauss \(ˌ)dē-ˈgau̇s\
Popularity: Bottom 20% of words
Definition of degauss
transitive verb
:  to remove or neutralize the magnetic field of
degausser noun
Origin and Etymology of degauss
de- + gauss, after Karl F. Gauss


First Known Use: circa 1940

Kelley Heckart
Otherworldly tales steeped in myth & magic.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Weird Word Wednesday

defalcate
verb  de·fal·cate \di-ˈfal-ˌkāt, -ˈfȯl-, dē-; ˈde-fəl-\
Popularity: Bottom 20% of words
Definition of defalcate
Defalcated defalcating
archaic
transitive verb
:  deduct, curtail
intransitive verb
:  to engage in embezzlement
defalcator play \-ˌkā-tər\ noun
Origin and Etymology of defalcate
Medieval Latin defalcatus, past participle of defalcare, from Latin de- + falc-, falx sickle


First Known Use: 1541

Kelley Heckart
Otherworldly tales steeped in myth & magic.