10 ways to spot a word nerd

Scrabble game for word nerdsHappy New Year, and Happy Word Nerd Day! You know you are a word nerd when…

  1. You receive a word-a-day calendar for Christmas (featured today is Occam’s razor, “a scientific or philosophical rule that favors the simplest explanation”).
  2. Your Christmas gifts also include several books about words and/or bookstore gift certificates.
  3. You’re thrilled when The Canadian Press issues a new Caps and Spelling book.
  4. You are the go-to source when someone wonders what a word means and doesn’t want to look it up.
  5. You know a lot of words, even if you choose not to use them. (I once knew the word a friend was searching for was “exacerbate,” although it’s one I can’t recall ever using; I’d rather say “made it worse.”)
  6. You have a lineup of dictionaries, The Synonym Finder and books about writing at your desk.
  7. Your go-to game on the iPhone or iPad is Words With Friends.
  8. You still have a Scrabble board game. Bonus points if it’s a deluxe edition with a swivel base.
  9. You take it as a compliment if someone calls you a word nerd, even though you realize others may not share this view.
  10. You know that January 9 is Word Nerd Day.

Happy Word Nerd Day! Are you a word nerd? What gives you away?

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  1. Maria
    Posted January 9, 2019 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    Or maybe you subscribe to Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day emails and listen to the audio files when you’re not quite sure how to pronounce the day’s word.

    (Do I get bonus points for having an “Oxford Comma Forever” sweatshirt, or do I have to wait for Punctuation Nerd Day for that? ????

  2. Pat
    Posted January 9, 2019 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    Yes, I have the deluxe scrabble. I do have a scrabble dictionary and a thesaurus as well. I also have Hodges Harbrace College .handbook. I tend to google the information now. I love the ‘lookup’ feature on my iPad. I do the Star crossword puzzle almost every day. Also, the jumble. I love beautiful sentences. I’ll be thinking of you on Word Nerdery day.

  3. Posted January 9, 2019 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    Ooh I left off doing crosswords!

  4. Posted January 9, 2019 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Left off subscribing to Word of the Day too! And yes, you totally get bonus points for your sweatshirt. You could post a photo of yourself in it for the big day…

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