Wordsmith.org: the magic of words

Wordsmith Talk

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  

Page 41 of 100 < 1 2 ... 39 40 41 42 43 ... 99 100 >
Topic Options
#211542 - 06/28/13 08:24 PM Re: Today's word: Music with an etymologic suprise [Re: jenny jenny]
wofahulicodoc Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 08/06/01
Posts: 4493
Loc: Worcester, MA

SHAMELEONIC - that rare occasion when the King of Beasts is abashed

Top
#211545 - 06/28/13 10:15 PM Re: Today's word: Music with an etymologic suprise [Re: wofahulicodoc]
jenny jenny Online   content
veteran

Registered: 06/05/10
Posts: 1311
Loc: Lower Aberdeen, Mississippi
laugh That's it, you win...this week anyway. "shameleonic" indeed. shocked

But I must admit, Wofa, I will use your term "birdlie" on the links tomorrow, Lord willing and the creek don't rise.

And...if I make a par three green on one. blush

Top
#211560 - 07/01/13 10:38 AM Monday: The first day of dog days I think. [Re: jenny jenny]
jenny jenny Online   content
veteran

Registered: 06/05/10
Posts: 1311
Loc: Lower Aberdeen, Mississippi
mumpsimus
PRONUNCIATION:
(MUMP-suh-muhs)

MEANING:
noun:
1. A view stubbornly held in spite of clear evidence that it's wrong.
2. A person who holds such a view.

ETYMOLOGY:
According to an old story, a priest used the nonsense word mumpsimus (instead of Latin sumpsimus) in the Mass. Even when told it was incorrect, he insisted that he had been saying it for 40 years and wouldn't change it. The expression is "quod in ore sumpsimus" ('which we have taken into the mouth'). Earliest documented use: 1530.
________________________________________________

UMPSIMUS - a short-sighted baseball umpire who calls the winning homerun "foul" and then calls the game "over" amidst the ensuing uproar.

Top
#211566 - 07/01/13 04:57 PM Re: Monday: The first day of dog days I think. [Re: jenny jenny]
wofahulicodoc Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 08/06/01
Posts: 4493
Loc: Worcester, MA

MUMPSIMUSH - the only food a patient with bilateral swollen parotid glands can tolerate

Top
#211578 - 07/02/13 11:10 AM Re: Monday: The first day of dog days I think. [Re: wofahulicodoc]
jenny jenny Online   content
veteran

Registered: 06/05/10
Posts: 1311
Loc: Lower Aberdeen, Mississippi
DUMPSIMUS - the act of firing a foul-mouth early morning radio personality who won't stay fired. (CBS circa 2003)

Top
#211582 - 07/02/13 06:32 PM Re: Monday: The first day of dog days I think. [Re: jenny jenny]
jenny jenny Online   content
veteran

Registered: 06/05/10
Posts: 1311
Loc: Lower Aberdeen, Mississippi
fustilarian

PRONUNCIATION: (fuhs-tuh-LAR-ee-uhn)


MEANING: noun: A fat and slovenly person.

ETYMOLOGY: From Middle English fusty (smelly, moldy). Earliest documented use: 1600.
________________________
add a to elevate the disscusion

FAUSTILARIAN - a Ray Bradbury character who made a pact with himself to live forever but died the day Ray died - June 5 2012.

Top
#211583 - 07/02/13 07:04 PM If Monday was Top Dog what was Tuesday? [Re: jenny jenny]
wofahulicodoc Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 08/06/01
Posts: 4493
Loc: Worcester, MA

FUSTAMARIAN - the mostest eagerest gal, on Sadie Hawkins Day

Top
#211588 - 07/03/13 06:07 AM The day before Yankee Doodle Dandy's birthday [Re: wofahulicodoc]
jenny jenny Online   content
veteran

Registered: 06/05/10
Posts: 1311
Loc: Lower Aberdeen, Mississippi
hobbledehoy

PRONUNCIATION: (HOB-uhl-dee-hoy)

MEANING: noun: An awkward young fellow.

ETYMOLOGY: Of uncertain origin. Earliest documented use: 1540.

USAGE:
"Burleigh's breathless accounts of the many figures of the British peerage in the story read as though written by some overawed hobbledehoy, someone who fingers the noblemen's lamé draperies in envious amazement and wonders how much they would go for at Wal-Mart."
Simon Winchester; 'The Nation's Attic'; The Boston Globe; Jan 11, 2004.
____________________________
HOBBLDEJOY - the sheer joy of pulling down the nobleman's lamé draperies and burning them on his front lawn in celebration of the Fourth of July.

Top
#211589 - 07/03/13 06:47 AM the long words are tougher [Re: jenny jenny]
wofahulicodoc Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 08/06/01
Posts: 4493
Loc: Worcester, MA

HOBBLEDAHOY -- Ahab's greeting to another ship from the prow of the Pequod

Top
#211597 - 07/04/13 08:16 AM Thursday: A Yankee Doodle Dandy do or die day [Re: wofahulicodoc]
jenny jenny Online   content
veteran

Registered: 06/05/10
Posts: 1311
Loc: Lower Aberdeen, Mississippi
makebate

PRONUNCIATION: (MAYK-bayt)

MEANING: noun: One who incites quarrels.

ETYMOLOGY:
From make, from Old English macian (to make) + bate (contention), from Latin battuere (to beat) which also gave us abate, debate, and rebate. Earliest documented use: 1529.

USAGE:
"'You leave my ma out of this, you makebate! She always said you'd end on the gallows, and she was right.'"
Barbara Metzger; Christmas Wishes; Signet; 2010.
_____________________________________________
m -> f

FAKEBATE - American professional wrestling and the Sonny Liston /Cassius Clay Heavyweight 1962 Championship fight.

Top
Page 41 of 100 < 1 2 ... 39 40 41 42 43 ... 99 100 >


Moderator:  Jackie 
Forum Stats
8687 Members
16 Forums
13783 Topics
213049 Posts

Max Online: 3341 @ 12/09/11 02:15 PM
Newest Members
sa'a, csmoore, Jane Luckner, anjela, MR LOGOPHILE
8687 Registered Users
Who's Online
0 registered (), 37 Guests and 1 Spider online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters (30 Days)
wofahulicodoc 79
LukeJavan8 63
endymion6 60
jenny jenny 51
Tromboniator 12
Faldage 5
Mercur10 1
Jane Luckner 1
MR LOGOPHILE 1
csmoore 1
April
Su M Tu W Th F Sa
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30

Disclaimer: Wordsmith.org is not responsible for views expressed on this site. Use of this forum is at your own risk and liability - you agree to hold Wordsmith.org and its associates harmless as a condition of using it.

Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat

© 2014 Wordsmith