Kath’s Blog

For Reading Addicts has more to offer than just your run of the mill book reviews, I love to give our readers a bit more to get their proverbial teeth into! While I used to run FRA alone, we now have lots of enthusiastic literature lovers to help. As well as in the blog and pages sections, you’ll find us around our social media pages too so please try and remember we are people too, not just words on a screen.

It is on this page that you will find a whole plethora of interesting articles from the polls that require your input to a Word of the Day. In amongst the pages here you will find ‘me’ and hopefully, with your continued support – ‘you’ too.

My only sadness about the pages of Kath’s blog is that each new post does not have the same unmistakeable aroma of a new book, that you cannot feel the pages but rest assured, as much heart and soul has gone into these pages as a newly published novel.

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Word of the Day – Rubric

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Rubric (noun) roo-brik A title, heading, direction, or the like, in a manuscript, book, statute, etc., written or printed in red or otherwise distinguished from the rest of the text.…

Word of the Day – Omnibus

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Omnibus (noun) om-nee-bus volume a collection of works by one author or several works on a similar topic, reprinted in one volume. / A whole week's television show rounded up…

Word of the Day – Charrette

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Charrette (noun) sha-ret a final, intensive effort to finish a project, before a deadline. 1965–70; French: cart, Old French, equivalent to char chariot, wagon ( car 1 ) + -ette…

Word of the Day – Stratum

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Stratum (noun) Strah-tum/ strey-tum one of a number of portions or divisions likened to layers or levels.(plural strata) First recorded 1590–1600 and comes from the Latin word strātum, which means…

Word of the Day – Appellative

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Appellative (adj) a-pel-a-tiv designative; descriptive. First recorded around 1375–1425 and comes via late Middle English from the Late Latin word appellātīvus. (more…)

Word of the Day – Complot

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Complot (noun) (verb) kom-plot a plot or conspiracy./ To plot together and conspire. C16: from Old French, of unknown origin (more…)

Canadian Writer Alice Munro, dies at 92

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“The Master of the short story”, Canadian writer Alice Munro has died at the age of 92. Munro wrote for more than 60 years, often focusing on life in rural…

Word of the Day – Irenic

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Irenic (adj) ahy-ren-ik tending to promote peace or reconciliation; peaceful or conciliatory. First recorded in 1860–65 and comes from the Greek word eirēnikós, equivalent to eirḗn(ē), “peace.” (more…)

Word of the Day – Cacophony

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Cacophony (noun) ku-kof-uh-nee harsh or unpleasant discordance of sound; dissonance. First recorded in 1650–60; from New Latin cacophonia, from Greek kakophōnía; equivalent to caco- + -phony (more…)

Word of the Day – Abrade

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Abrade (verb) a-brayd to wear off or down by scraping or rubbing. 1670–80; Latin abrādere, equivalent to ab- ab- + rādere to scrape (more…)

Word of the Day – Skiplagging

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Skiplagging (noun) skip-lag-ing the practice of purchasing an air ticket for a flight with a layover at one’s true destination, getting off at the layover point, and skipping the last…

Word of the Day – Gambol

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Gambol (verb) gam-buhl to skip about, as in dancing or playing; frolic. (West Mids) (UK) (noun/verb) a somersault/ to do a somersault. First recorded around 1495–1505. Earlier forms included gambold,…

Word of the Day – Collaborative

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Collaborative (adj) kol-ab-or-at-iv characterized or accomplished by collaboration (working together) (more…)

Word of the Day – Tutelage

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Tutelage (noun) toot-lij instruction; teaching; guidance. First recorded around 1595–1605 and comes from the Latin word tūtēl(a), “guardianship,” which derived from the Latin verb tuērī, “to watch.” (more…)

Word of the Day – Smorgasbord

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Smorgasbord (noun) smaw-guz-bord an extensive array or variety. First recorded in 1875–80 and comes from the Swedish word smörgåsbord. Smörgåsbord is formed from smörgås, “(slice of) bread and butter, sandwich,”…

Word of the Day – Dendroglyph

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Dendroglyph (noun) den-dro-glif an image, message, or symbol carved into a tree, especially by Indigenous people and often hundreds of years old, providing cultural and historical information not available from…

Word of the Day – Nimble

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Nimble (adj) nim-bl Agile, quick in movement. / Alert, acute. Old English nǣmel quick to grasp, and numol quick at seizing, both from niman to take (more…)

Word of the Day – Petiole

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Petiole (noun) pet-ee-ohl (Botany) the slender stalk by which a leaf is attached to the stem; leafstalk. 1745–55; New Latin petiolus leafstalk, special use of Latin petiolus, scribal variant of…

Word of the Day – Preponderant

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Preponderant (adj) pree-pon-duh-rant superior in weight, force, influence, numbers, etc.; prevailing. Preponderant was first recorded in 1650–60 and comes from the stem of the Latin word praeponderāns, which is the…

Word of the Day – Nebulous

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Nebulous (adj) neb-yu-lus Hazy, vague, indistinct, or confused. First recorded in 1375–1425 and comes via late Middle English from the Latin word nebulōsus, meaning “full of mist, foggy, cloudy.” (more…)