lexical pursuit

  • hair in the nostrils or whiskers on a cat are vibrissae
  • a silly act or idea is a noodleism
  • vein is from Latin vena 'blood vessel'
  • a burial mound is an elevated earthen grave
  • team as a noun once meant 'the bearing of children'
  • etymologically, flour is the same word as flower and it originally meant 'flower' and became the differentiated sense of 'finest or best part of the meal' of wheat or another grain
  • the center spread is the two facing middle pages of a newspaper or magazine