I so got a kick out of this list posted by FACEBOOK via WCVB.com. You have to click to see it and believe it. Some of these statements I’ve never heard used. Some I would never use, and others I’m guilty of using. Felina Silver Robinson.
Every Monday, I will share (7) words with all of you that I have come across in my readings over the past week. I hope you enjoy this weekly submission. All and any feedback is welcome!
Magna Carta: As you may be able to tell Magna Carta is a Latin word and is said to be the Great Charter which is also known as the Magna Carta Libertatum or the Great Charter of the Liberties of England. I believe it was one of the first documents that was given to the King of England by his people.
Indomitable: Someone or something that is impossible to subdue or to defeat. Indomitable is an adjective.
Accoutrement: Is a collection of clothes or items that will be used in addition to the original items chosen to wear to an event or to be used for a particular project. Accoutrement is a noun.
Obsequios A person who is obsessively obedient and attentive. Obsequios is an adjective.
Abhor is when you regard someone or something with disgust or hatred. Abhor is a verb.
Exegetically This word means to draw something out. Exegetically is a biblical word. I can be used as an adjective and would appear as exegetic or exegetical.
Deuteronomy I believe it is the second law of hebrew and the 5th book of the Hebrew Bible. You might want to check your dictionary for further details.
Here is a list of words that you may not normally use in conversation. But you may benefit from knowing what they mean. I came across these words during my readings today:
1) fervor – an intense and passionate feeling.
2) indigenous – something that was produced, growing, living, or occurring naturally in a particular region or environment.
3) prophetic – correctly detailing an event in the future; can also be referring to a prophet or a prophecy.
4) edifice – a building that is large and impressive, possibly a large abstract structure
I would love to hear from my readers. What are some of the words you have come across that you think people might benefit from learning?
Abe is the second son of Adam and Eve, who was slain by his older brother, Cain (Genesis 4:1-16). Abel, a shepherd, offered the Lord the firstborn of his flock. God respected Abel’s sacrifice but did not respect that offered by Cain. In a rage, Cain murdered Abel, then became a fugitive because of the curse placed upon the ground (a curse of infertility) onto which Abel’s blood had spilled.
Genesis makes the point that divine authority backs self-control and brotherhood but punishers jealousy and violence. In the New Testament the blood of Abel is cited as an example of the vengeance of violated innocence (Matthew 23:35; Luke 11:51).
Taken from Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of World Religions 1999
To explore the psyche of a people, do not look at what they do–look at what they do wrong. Today, we introduce the Misspelling of the Year. A word that was looked up misspelled significantly more this year than the year before. A word with lots of different misspellings. A word in the news. The word: furlough.
In 2013, Dictionary.com saw tens of thousands of lookups of this word, often spelled without the ugh. Though the correct spelling is furlough, three variants ballooned in lookup volume: furlow was looked up 66 percent more in 2013 than it was in 2012, and furlo was looked up 60 percent more. We can’t calculate how many more times ferlow, which was in the top 10,000 words of 2013, was searched for because no one was searching for it in 2012.
The main reason folks were talking about furloughs was the October shutdown of the US government (sequester and sequestration searches also jumped 2.3 and 2.8 times relative to last year, but no one was misspelling those).
As for the misspellings. Well, it’s a rough road. The first uses in English were close to the Dutch: vorloffe and fore-loofe in the 1630s. You also get furloghs, furlows, and foreloffs in the early centuries of its use. Why on earth would we pronounce it “oh” but spell it “ough”? Cough cough. That’s tough. Though I have a few thoughts. Let’s step under this lovely bough. (It’s not as bad as it could be: hiccup was standardly spelled as hiccough for a few hundred years.) There are a lot of ways to say ‘g’, but we can’t go into all of them here.
Furlough wasn’t the only word that was giving folks trouble in 2013. In reviewing Dictionary.com’s misspellings of the year (I’d prefer to call them “nonstandard spellings” but the Spelling Despots among you would be at me with pitchphorks), three categories for types of misspellings emerged:
PERJUDICE and PERDJUICE for prejudice (think “pre judge” not “smoothie of perdition”)
PERCISE for precise (the -cise here is like in incision, so think “pre cut”)
ADAMIT for adamant (think “Wolverine has adamantium claws, not adamittens”)
AMETURE for amateur (the ama is about love, the -teur is for a doer, like actor in French is acteur; so think “French lover”)
AQUAINTED for acquainted (from the 1300s to about 1600 it didn’t have a “c” in English, you were born too late)
IFARED for infrared (awesome, don’t ever change)
TONSILECTOMY for tonsillectomy (two tonsils, two l’s to remove them)
ACHIEVMENT for achievement (spell “achieve” then add “ment”)
HIERACHICAL for hierarchical (sound it out?)
Just plain hard
EARY for eerie (at the end of the 18th century, suddenly English writers decided this word really needed a double “e,” sorry)
THROROUGH for thorough (this is probably just a typo)
INDITE for indict (the ending is related to dictionary or dictate–it’s talking about “saying,” you’re declaring an accusation)
IMAGRATION for immigration (look for “migrant” inside the word)
Studying nonstandard spellings also suggests some words that need to exist. An argu(e)ment can be made that assertation is a misspelling of assertion, but I would like to think it means something else. Like when someone just goes on and on asserting stuff to point that it feels like they’re reading you a dissertation.
But the word that is the best word in the whole data set and most needs your use and definitions: indiscrepancy. Go get it, Internet.
(Want to learn more about the many pronunciations of -ough? Check their slideshow here.) http://dictionary.reference.com/?sshow=ough&slide=1
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