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05 November 2010 @ 02:50 pm

jen·tac·u·lar

   
[jen-TAK-yuh-luhr]

–adjective

Relating to breakfast.

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04 November 2010 @ 10:25 pm

sen·ten·tious

   
[sen-ten-shuhs]

–adjective
1. abounding in pithy aphorisms or maxims: a sententious book.
2. given to excessive moralizing; self-righteous.
3. given to or using pithy sayings or maxims: a sententious poet.
4. of the nature of a maxim; pithy.



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03 November 2010 @ 11:08 am

ac·er·ose

   
[as-uh-rohs]

adjective Botany

needle-shaped, as the leaves of the pine.

 
 
07 December 2009 @ 02:45 pm
Penny Loafers

from Wikipedia: Penny-loafers
The Norwegians producing leisure slippers of the moccasin style in the 1930s began exporting these to the rest of Europe where they were taken up by visiting Americans, and championed by the American Esquire magazine. The Spaulding family in New Hampshire started making shoes based on this design in the early 1930s, naming them loafers, the general term for slip-on shoes that remains still in use in America. In 1934, G.H. Bass (a bootmaker in Wilton, Maine) started making loafers under the name Weejuns (sounding like Norwegians). The distinctive addition was a strip of leather across the saddle with a diamond cut-out. Initially only worn in the summer at home, the shoe grew in popularity in America to become a significant part of men's casual shoe wardrobe, though back in Europe its ubiquity has never reached the same degree. When American prep. school students in the 1950s wishing to make a fashion statement took to inserting a penny into the diamond-shaped slit on their Weejuns, the name penny loafer came to be applied to this style of slip-on and has since stuck, though the practice itself does not continue.
 
 
16 April 2009 @ 01:41 pm
It's not Wednesday, and this community has been silent since almost a year. But a certain word threw itself in my way, and I thought I share it with you.

mondegreen

A mondegreen means a misunderstood phrase or line of lyrics. It comes from an old Scottish ballad in which the lyric "laid him on the green" has been confused over time with "Lady Mondegreen."

Among the best-known modern examples are: "There's a bathroom on the right" in place of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "There's a bad moon on the rise" and "'Scuse me, while I kiss this guy" in place of "kiss the sky" in the 1967 Jimi Hendrix classic "Purple Haze."
 
 
 
 
23 July 2008 @ 02:57 pm
Last week's Wednesday word was cancelled due to RL. My sincere apologies!

lulu

[loo-loo]

noun, slang
1. any remarkable or outstanding person or thing: His black eye is a lulu.

2. a very attractive or seductive looking woman

3. a fixed allowance paid to a legislator in lieu of reimbursement for actual expenses.


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I encountered this lulu of a word whilst translating the latest, posthumously published novel by Mickey Spillane, Dead Street. There he talks about "a lulu of a building". ;-).
 
 
10 July 2008 @ 12:36 am
wacke

[wah-uh]

1. rock resembling sandstone,
a poorly sorted sandstone containing fragments of rock and minerals in a clayey matrix

2. (alternative spelling of) wacky

see also: graywacke

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Remember The Wolf and the Seven Kids? The stones which the old goat put into the wolf's belly once the little kids were safe? These are "Wackersteine" in the original German, i.a. wacke stones.
 
 
02 July 2008 @ 05:31 pm
You all know what this word of the day means ;-). I am posting it because I recently stumbled upon its fascinating etymology.

seersucker

Pronunciation: [seer-suhk-er]

A plainwoven cotton, rayon, or linen fabric: traditionally a striped cotton with alternate stripes crinkled in the weaving.



Etymology:
1722, from Hindi sirsakar, East Indian corruption of Persian shir o shakkar "striped cloth," lit. "milk and sugar," an allusion to the alternately smooth and puckered surfaces of the stripes. From Persian shir (cf. Sanskrit ksiram "milk") + shakar (cf. Pali sakkhara, Sanskrit sarkara "gravel, grit, sugar").

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Interested? Here's more: "How to Find a Seersucker Suit That Won't Scream 'Ice Cream'" from the Wall Street Journal.

Info from:
dictionary.reference.com/
www.mensflair.com
www.haspel.com/

Despite my posts here, I am not a fashion geek nor even all that knowledgable about fashion ;-). But my obsession is words. And how could I resist the milk and sugar of this one?
 
 
25 June 2008 @ 04:42 pm
quandary

Pronunciation: [kwon-duh-ree, -dree]
Plural: quandaries

1. a situation from which extrication is difficult, especially an unpleasant or trying one [syn: predicament]
2. state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options [syn: dilemma]

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You're confronted with the quandary: do I grind things to a halt? Ideally you would, but I have better things to do than educate people.
Wentworth Earl Miller, actor