Archive for the ‘Wacky Word Wednesday’ Category

October 22nd, 2014

Churlish – Wacky Word Wednesday

Someone who cuts in front of you on the line to the movies is undoubtedly rude, but that rare individual who looks you right in the eye, steps into line ahead of you, and smirks is something else entirely; a level way beyond rude. And though such people can really ruin your day, it’s important to remember that they probably weren’t always that way; people are a product of their environment after all. That’s also true for today’s Wacky Word Wednesday, a word that means so much more than rude: churlish.

Churlish

[chur-lish]

-adjective

Rude in a mean-spirited and surly way.

October 15th, 2014

Frisson – Wacky Word Wednesday

Strapped into a rollercoaster with a white-knuckled grip on the padded bar that you hope is holding you down, you hear the clack-clack-clack of the chain that is lifting your cart up what seems to be an impossibly tall hill and you feel…what exactly is that feeling? Is it excitement? Is it fear? Is it a convolution of the two? Today’s Wacky Word describes the feeling that we hate to love—frisson.

Frisson

[free-sohn]

-noun

A sudden strong feeling of excitement or fear; a thrill; an almost pleasurable sensation of fright.

October 8th, 2014

Philodox – Wacky Word Wednesday

Have you ever met somebody who couldn’t resist voicing their opinion, whatever the situation? What about someone who did not only that, but subsequently became so enthralled with their own idea that they went on and on, refusing to be dissuaded? At some point we’ve all met such people, frequently at parties where they make listeners gaze longingly at the door. Nobody enjoys their company very much but the ancient Greeks thought far less of them; they thought they were enemies of wisdom! And it’s from the ancient Greeks that we get today’s wacky word—philodox.

Philodox

[FIL-uh-doks]

-noun

A person with an excessive interest or love for their own opinion; a dogmatic person.

September 24th, 2014

Soporific – Wacky Word Wednesday

As September passes by, the fall semester for scholars of all ages is just beginning to ramp up. Some subjects and teachers will excite students, initiating engaging classroom discussions and assigning challenging yet gratifying homework. Unfortunately, other classes and projects will have quite the opposite effect – they’ll put students straight to sleep. Today’s Wacky Word Wednesday, is all about those things and moments in life that make our eyelids heavy and our heads start to nod, no matter how hard we try to fight the feeling.

Soporific

[sä-pə-ˈri-fik]

-adj

Tending to induce drowsiness or sleep; tediously boring or monotonous.

September 17th, 2014

Noctivagant – Wacky Word Wednesday

Are you a night owl or an early bird? Today’s Wacky Word Wednesday, a weekly celebration of the wackiest and most interesting words from around the world, focuses on those who avoid 9-to-5 jobs and love working the graveyard shift instead.

Noctivagant

[noc-tiv-A-gant]

-adj

Going about in the night; night-wandering.

September 10th, 2014

Gargalesthesia – Wacky Word Wednesday

Today’s Wacky Word Wednesday, a weekly celebration of the wackiest and most interesting words from around the world, will explore a feeling that can give you goosebumps and make you laugh, all at the same time.

Gargalesthesia

[gar-gal-es-the-sia]

-noun

The sensation commonly associated with tickling.

September 3rd, 2014

Valetudinarian – Wacky Word Wednesday

Today’s Wacky Word Wednesday discusses a kind of phobia that is rooted in our fear of dying. It sounds a little morbid but we promise we won’t scare you too much. Here’s this week’s description:

Valetudinarian

[val-ee-too-duh-NAYR-ee-uhn]

-noun

A person who is unduly anxious about their health.

August 27th, 2014

Virago – Wacky Word Wednesday

Today’s Wacky Word Wednesday is back to talk about heroic women, whose bravery has inspired many people over the generations. Hauled over from TermWiki.com, here’s this week’s word:

Virago

[vuh-RAH-go]

-noun

A bold, impudent, turbulent woman; a female warrior.

August 20th, 2014

Gastromancy – Wacky Word Wednesday

Since the beginning of civilization, men have always wanted to learn more about the future through various practices and pastimes. In today’s Wacky Word Wednesday, we will explore one of the oldest fortune telling practices.

Gastromancy

[gæs-trê-'mæn-see]

-noun

A form of divination involving listening to stomach sounds.

August 13th, 2014

Vendetta – Wacky Word Wednesday

Everyone has a favorite movie genre. While some people prefer heart-wrenching romantic comedy, others enjoy the adrenaline-pumping action movies. If you are a fan of plot-twist filled thrillers, today’s Wacky Word Wednesday is the right word for you.

Vendetta

[ven-ˈde-tə]

-noun

Blood feud; an often prolonged series of retaliatory, vengeful, or hostile acts or exchange of such acts