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Wordnik shows definitions from multiple sources, so you can see as many different takes on a word’s meaning as possible.

Looks like the thesaurus might be good, will have to try more words 😉

First phrase I looked up was wine-dark which has always stuck with me from the Odyssey, but they didn’t have it 🤷‍♀️


Pluralistic ignorance

Bookmarked Pluralistic ignorance by Contributors to Wikimedia projects (Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.)

refers to a situation in which the minority position on a given topic is wrongly perceived to be the majority position or where the majority position is wrongly perceived to be the minority position.

When I was little I assumed most people I met were also not religious 😂 I then carried that assumption forward to other geeky people like me, but I finally learned my lesson on this front in my twenties.

Now collectively the US is suffering from this phenomenon wherein Republicans cannot fathom that their views are unpopular and so believe elections are being stolen from them. Of course, no one wants to admit they’re in the wrong, and especially not when it puts them on the losing side, so we face an uphill battle for democracy now they’ve dug in and refuse to believe anything contrary to their belief in their majority, from demographics to clean audits to a complete lack of evidence of wrongdoing.

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Defining rest

Liked The Riddle of Rest by Lawrence YeoLawrence Yeo (

[R]est is when you’re not associating your self-worth with what you have to do next.

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Overrepresented majority

Bookmarked overrepresented majority (ORM) « Definitions « (

Underrepresented can imply that the group can do more to represent themselves.

Meanwhile, the overrepresented majority is usually the group that possesses the power to influence which groups are majoritised (and subsequently receive power) and which groups are minoritised.

When using any term for a group, it’s important to contextualise it into people. So, for example, “people from the overrepresented majority are less likely to be affected by this change”



Liked Book publishers just spent 3 weeks in court arguing they have no idea what they’re doing by Constance Grady (Vox)

The Justice Department alleges the publishers’ proposed merger would form a monopsony, or an unfair buying market.

A monopsony is the mirror image of a monopoly, and is sometimes called a buyer’s monopoly. Instead of a market with only one seller who can charge whatever they like, a monopsony is a market with only one buyer, who can set their price however they like.

I don’t see how anyone could with a straight face say that two of the biggest publishing companies merging, who are anticipated to publish more than a third of the market, is not detrimental to writers having a competitive market to sell their work. But, we don’t seem to care about that too much 🤷‍♀️

See also: Book industry insights from Penguin Random House merger trial