Word of the Day – 10 Nov 2011 – Catawampus


*******I love the thought of the day at the bottom.  Although quite challenging, I’ll try not to exceed 5 minutes today… ;)*******

Catawampus

 

PRONUNCIATION:
(kat-uh-WOM-puhs) 

 

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Askew; crooked.
2. Diagonally positioned: catercornered.

 

ETYMOLOGY:
From cater (diagonally), from French word quatre (four). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kwetwer- (four), which also gave us four, square, cadre, quadrant, quarantine (literally, period of forty days). Earliest documented use: 1840. The word is also spelled as cattywampus.

 

USAGE:
“Have you noticed that life seems a bit catawampus lately?”
Scott Marcus; Managing Stress; Times-Standard (Eureka, California); Apr 3, 2011.

“A well-used Old Town canoe lies catawampus at the entrance to the cellar.”
Stephen Williams; Why Ask for the Moon? The New York Times; Jun 10, 2007.

Explore “catawampus” in the Visual Thesaurus. 

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

Every man is a damned fool for at least five minutes every day. Wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit. -Elbert Hubbard, author, editor, printer (1856-1915)

 


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