Archive for the ‘Wacky Word Wednesday’ Category

June 24th, 2015

Wacky Word Wednesday – Humdudgeon

Once in a while, almost everyone has a day where they just can’t summon themselves to go to work or class. For all those experiencing that feeling today, Wacky Word Wednesday has a solution: a humdudgeon.

Humdudgeon

/ˌhʌmˈdʌdʒən/

-noun

Imaginary Illness

June 10th, 2015

Wacky Word Wednesday – Thrasonical

A little confidence can take you a long way, but arrogance may keep you stuck in a rut. In today’s Wacky Word Wednesday, a celebration of the wackiest and most interesting words from around the world, we’ll come across some historically notorious braggers and explore the connection between arrogance and creativity.

Thrasonical[THRAY-SON-i-kuhl]

Adj.

Bragging or boastful.

May 27th, 2015

Wacky Word Wednesday – Folderol

Warm up your voice and put on your singing belt for today’s Wacky Word Wednesday, a weekly celebration of the wackiest and most interesting words from around the world.

Folderol

[FAHL-duh-rahl]

-noun

A useless ornament or accessory; nonsense.

May 13th, 2015

Wacky Word Wednesday – Pregustator

Imagine living with the constant fear of death every time you eat. In today’s edition of Wacky Word Wednesday, we will explore one of the most life-threatening jobs in the world.

Pregustator


[pri-GUHS-tay-tuhr]

-noun

A forestaste; A person whose job is to taste food or drink before it’s served (Esp. in ancient Rome)

April 29th, 2015

Wacky Word Wednesday – Hegira

Pack your bag and get ready for an adventurous journey for today’s Wacky Word Wednesday, a weekly celebration of the wackiest and most interesting words from around the world!

Hegira
[hih-JYE-ruh ]

-noun

A flight to escape danger; a journey especially when undertaken to escape from a dangerous or undesirable situation.

February 4th, 2015

Wacky Word Wednesday – Gadabout

Today’s Wacky Word Wednesday, a weekly celebration of the wackiest and most interesting words from around the world, describes a person who craves high levels of social stimulation and lives on the spur of the moment.

Gadabout

[GAD-uh-bout]

noun

A person who goes from place to place in social activity.

January 28th, 2015

Wacky Word Wednesday – Sotto Voce

In public speaking, a presenter may sometimes increase the volume of their voice while pounding their fist in order to emphasize important points. However, the opposite approach can be just as powerful. In today’s Wacky Word Wednesday, let’s tune out distractions and pay closer attention to the quiet, whispering voices.

Sotto voce

[sah-toh-VOH-chee ]

Adverb/adj

Under the breath; in an undertone; in a private manner.

January 21st, 2015

Wacky Word Wednesday – Megillah

Some people enjoy seeing the big picture and hearing the condensed version of a story but there are those who appreciate details and are eager to hear the whole enchilada. In today’s Wacky Word Wednesday, we will explore books that tell stories in great detail and learn a new way to say “the whole nine yards.”

Megillah

[mə-gi-lə]

noun

A long involved story or account.

January 7th, 2015

Amphigory – Wacky Word Wednesday

“’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.”

If that section of verse doesn’t make much sense to you, you’re reading it right. It’s taken from Lewis Carroll’s classic poem “Jabberwocky,” and is the quintessential example of today’s wacky word – amphigory.

Amphigory

[AM-fi-gor-ee]

-noun

A nonsensical piece of writing, usually in verse form, typically composed as a parody.

December 31st, 2014

Yule – Wacky Word Wednesday

Most of us try to avoid using words when we’re not sure of their meaning, but come Christmas time, we all seem to throw this convention out the window. Whether we’re talking about logs, or time, or fancy balls, we all use a word that we’ve heard all our lives without ever thinking about its definition – yule.

Yule

[yool]

-noun

A pagan religious festival observed by historic Germanic peoples in December and January.