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

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    A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

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

     

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  • 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, Visual Thesaurus,   

    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.

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    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) 

     

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  • Mother Shyra 13:43 on 15 November 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Canada, Douglas Coupland, Indo-European, Syzygy, Thomas Hardy, Toronto, Visual Thesaurus,   

    Word of the Day – 15 Nov 2011 – Syzygy 


    *******Ummm…this word looks like someone just started randomly pressing keys on a keyboard. ;)*******
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    syzygy

    PRONUNCIATION:
    (SIZ-uh-jee) 
    MEANING:
    noun:
    1. An alignment of three objects, for example, sun, moon, and earth during an eclipse.
    2. A pair of related things.
    From Latin syzygia, from Greek syzygia (union, pair). Ultimately from the Indo-European root yeug- (to join), which is also the ancestor of junction, yoke, yoga, adjust, juxtapose, rejoinder, jugular, and junta. Earliest documented use: 1656.
    NOTES:
    One could hyperpolysyllabically contrive a longer word having four Ys, but syzygy nicely lines up three of them organically in just six letters.
    USAGE:
    “‘To me it’s two dots that connect,’ Douglas Coupland says, ‘I don’t know if there’s going to be a third one so it makes a syzygy.'”
    John Barber; Douglas Coupland; The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada); Oct 2, 2009.

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    A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

    If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the inquisition might have let him alone. –Thomas Hardy, novelist and poet (1840-1928)

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