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“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”*…

There are over 1 million words in the English language; still, all too frequently, one can’t find just the right term…  One can, of course, turn to other languages for le mot juste.  And happily, our friends at Mental Floss have provided a list to jump start the process; e.g.,

Boketto (Japanese)
The act of gazing vacantly into the distance without thinking.

Kummerspeck (German)
Excess weight gained from emotional overeating. Literally, “grief bacon.”

Thirteen more precisely-right words at “15 Wonderful Words With No English Equivalent.”

* Mark Twain


As we add a Larousse to our Roget’s, we might send tasty birthday wishes to Henry John Heinz, the gifted marketer who founded H.J. Heinz Co.and coined its “57 varieties” slogan.  By age 12 he was peddling produce from the family’s Pittsburg garden.  At 25, in 1869, he and a friend launched Heinz & Noble; its first product: Henry’s mother’s grated horseradish, bottled in clear glass to reveal its purity.  Heinz & Noble thrived until the bumper crops of 1875 tanked prices and led to bankruptcy.  But Heinz plunged back in, this time solo, eventually building a model factory complex along the Allegheny River.  By 1896, “The Pickle King” had become a millionaire and celebrity.


Written by (Roughly) Daily

October 11, 2011 at 1:01 am

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