Category Archives: Words I like

These are varoius words that I like. I add them as I come across them in my reading.

Word of the Day: tatterdemalion

adjective
1: worn to shreds; or wearing torn or ragged clothing
synonym: tattered
2: in deplorable condition
synonym: bedraggled, broken-down, derelict, dilapidated, ramshackle, tumble-down
noun
 1: a dirty shabbily clothed urchin
synonym: ragamuffin
Etymology

I’m not certain, but I think Shakespeare may have invented this word.

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Word of the Day: charivari

Noun
a noisy mock serenade (made by banging pans and kettles) to a newly married couple
synonym: shivaree, chivaree, callithump, callathump, belling
Etymology

Note: It was at first performed before the house of any person of advanced age who married a second time.

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Word of the Day: iatrogenic

adjective
1: induced by a physician’s words or therapy (used especially of a complication resulting from treatment)

Etymology

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Word of the Day: pernicious

adjective
1: exceedingly harmful
synonym: baneful, deadly, pestilent
2: working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way
synonym:  insidious, subtle

Etymology

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Word of the Day: avulsion

noun
1: an abrupt change in the course of a stream that forms the boundary between two parcels of land resulting in the loss of part of the land of one landowner and a consequent increase in the land of another
2: a forcible tearing or surgical separation of one body part from another

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Word of the Day: confabulate

verb
1: unconsciously replace fact with fantasy in one’s memory
2: talk socially without exchanging too much information
synonym: chew the fat, shoot the breeze, chat, confab, chitchat, chit-chat, chatter, chaffer, natter, gossip, jaw, claver, visit
3: have a conference in order to talk something over
synonym: confer, confab, consult

Etymology

I often come across this in the context of the first definition, especially reading about how our memory is nothing like a photo, strong emotions doesn’t make a memory more accurate, and how our mind fools itself.

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Word of the Day: skulduggery

Noun

1. verbal misrepresentation intended to take advantage of you in some way

synonym: trickery, hocus-pocus, slickness, hanky panky, jiggery-pokery

2. Activities intended to deceive; a con or hoax

It has an interesting etymology

Alternatively spells skullduggery

I think this word it pretty cool and underused.  I think it can be easily applied to politicians, lawyers, lobbyists and pundits.

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Word of the Day: incunabulum

Incunabulum (Noun)

Plural: incunabula

1. A book, single sheet, or image that was printed — not handwritten — before the year 1501 in Europe.

Etymology

World Wide Words

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Word of the day: aver

Verb

1: report or maintain
synonym: allege, say

2. to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true;
synonym: affirm, verify, assert, avow, swan, swear

Swan as a synonym was quite unexpected, so I cross-checked it, sure ‘nuf, it is

Etymology

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Word of the Day: surfeit

noun

1: the state of being more than full
synonym: excess, overabundance

2: the quality of being so overabundant that prices fall
synonym: glut, oversupply

3: eating until excessively full
synonym: repletion

verb

1: supply or feed to surfeit
synonym: cloy

2: indulge (one’s appetite) to satiety

Etymology

Pronunciation (sir – fit)

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