Updates from November, 2011 Toggle Comment Threads | Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Mother Shyra 13:11 on 18 November 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Agence France Presse, , Bill Hicks, , Middle English, Old Norse, Spendthrift, , wealth,   

    Word of the Day – 18 Nov 2011 – Spendthrift 


    spendthrift

     

    PRONUNCIATION:
    MEANING:
    noun: A person who spends money wastefully.
    adjective: Wasteful with money.
    ETYMOLOGY:
    A spendthrift is, literally, one who spends his wealth, from Middle English thrift (prosperity), from Old Norse thrifast (to thrive), from thrifa (to grasp). Earliest documented use: 1601.
    NOTES:
    Spendthrift is the longest word whose phonetic and normal spellings are the same. Two colorful synonyms of this word are dingthrift and scattergood.
    USAGE:
    “A Saudi judge has told a seminar on domestic violence that it is okay for a man to slap his wife for lavish spending.”
    Saudi Judge Says OK to Slap Spendthrift Wife; Agence France Presse (Paris); May 10, 2009.

    Explore “spendthrift” in the Visual Thesaurus

    A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

    Eternal suffering awaits anyone who questions God‘s infinite love. –Bill Hicks, comedian and social critic (1961-1994) 

     

    Unsubscribe | Subscribe | Update address | Gift subscription | Contact us 
    Books by Anu Garg© 2011 Wordsmith.org

     

    Advertisements
     
  • Mother Shyra 20:20 on 17 November 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Animal, , Cattle, Cow, English language, John Constable, Kine, Lin Yutang, New York Times, Verlyn Klinkenborg, ,   

    Word of the Day – 17 Nov 2011 – Kine 


    kine

     

    PRONUNCIATION:
    (kyn) 

     

    MEANING:
    noun: A plural of cow.

     

    ETYMOLOGY:
    From Middle English kyn, from Old English cyna, a plural of cu (cow). Earliest documented use: 1800.

     

    NOTES:
    Kine is perhaps the only word in English that has no letters in common with its singular form, cow. Other words that are pluralized using -n marker are children, brethren, and oxen.

     

    USAGE:
    Cows stood belly deep in a ranch pond, doing their impersonation of the kine in John Constable‘s paintings.”
    Verlyn Klinkenborg; Water and Grasses; The New York Times; Jul 5, 2010.

    Explore “kine” in the Visual Thesaurus

    A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

    Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials. –Lin Yutang, writer and translator (1895-1976) 

     

    Unsubscribe | Subscribe | Update address | Gift subscription | Contact us 
    Books by Anu Garg© 2011 Wordsmith.org

     
  • Mother Shyra 18:39 on 16 November 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bay bay kid, , yob   

    Word of the Day – 16 Nov 2011 – Yob BKA Bay Bay Kid ;) 


    A.Word.A.Day

    with Anu Garg

    yob

     

    PRONUNCIATION:
    (yob) 
    MEANING:
    noun: A rude, rowdy youth.
    ETYMOLOGY:
    Coined by reversing the spelling of the word boy. Earliest documented use: 1859.
    NOTES:
    There are not a lot of words in the English language that are coined from the backward spelling of another word. Another example is mho, the unit of electrical conductance, coined by reversing ohm, the unit of resistance. Fiction writers sometimes come up with names for their characters by spelling another name or wordbackwards.
    USAGE:
    “Like a yob who starts a fight in a pub by saying you have spilled his pint, the Russians offered pretexts that both parties knew were ludicrous.”
    A.D. Miller; A First-Hand Account of Life in Modern Russia; The Guardian (London, UK); Oct 21, 2011.

    Explore “yob” in the Visual Thesaurus. 

    A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

    Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down. -Oprah Winfrey, talk show host and philanthropist (b. 1954) 

     

    Unsubscribe | Subscribe | Update address | Gift subscription | Contact us 
    © 2011 Wordsmith.org

     
c
Compose new post
j
Next post/Next comment
k
Previous post/Previous comment
r
Reply
e
Edit
o
Show/Hide comments
t
Go to top
l
Go to login
h
Show/Hide help
shift + esc
Cancel
%d bloggers like this: