Word of the Week: Toady

Toady is a noun, but can also be used as a verb, toady. Defined as a person who tries to please someone to gain an advantage, toady is not a compliment.  Toady has a very interesting etymology. Instead of deriving from Latin, Arabic, or Greek, the word toady derives from the 17th century occupation, toadeater.Continue reading “Word of the Week: Toady”

Word of the Week: Sanguine

Sanguine is an adjective, but it can also be used as a noun, sanguine. When used as an adjective, sanguine is defined as confidently optimistic and cheerful; however, when used as a noun, sanguine is defined as a moderate to strong red.  First used around the 14th and 15th centuries, sanguine derives from the LatinContinue reading “Word of the Week: Sanguine”

Word of the Week: Qualm

Qualm is a noun but can also be used as an adjective, qualmy.  Qulam entered the lexicon around the 1500’s, but the current etymology is unknown. The word qualm may be derived from the Old English word cwealm (death, disaster), the Proto-West Germanic word kwalm (death), or the German word qualm (daze), but there isContinue reading “Word of the Week: Qualm”

Word of the Week: Plaudit

Plaudit is a noun and defined as an expression of praise or approval. First used in the early 1600’s, plaudit derives from the Latin word plaudere (to applaud). Plaudere also gave rise to the words applaud, applause, plausible, and explode.  Synonyms Applause, cheer Sentence The family provides plaudits to Selma after she finished her piano recital. MainContinue reading “Word of the Week: Plaudit”

Word of the Week: Obfuscate

Obfuscate is a verb, but can be used as a noun, obfuscation or an adjective, obfuscatory. Defined as to make unclear, obfuscation of a message can be done either on purpose or by mistake. Obfuscation is accomplished by either talking around the subject (circumlocution) or using technical language (jargon). However, sometimes a user will intentionallyContinue reading “Word of the Week: Obfuscate”

Word of the Week: Neophyte

Neophyte is a noun and means any new participant in some activity. The word neophyte has a long history, it comes from the Middle English word neophite, which is derived from the Latin word neophytus. The Latin word neophytus is borrowed from the Greek word neóphytos (newly planted), which can be broken down into neo-Continue reading “Word of the Week: Neophyte”

Word of the Week: Munificent

Munificent is an adjective but can also be used as a noun, munificence, or an adverb, munificently and means very generous—as in a very generous person. Munificent is derived from the Latin word munificus (generous); however, munificus is derived from the Latin word munus (gift, service). Munus also give rise to the terms municipal andContinue reading “Word of the Week: Munificent”

Word of the Week: Languid

Languid is an adjective but can also be used as an adverb, languidly or a noun, languidness. Derived from the Latin verb languēre (to languish), languid has been mistaken with the word languorous, which is also derived from the word languēre. Although they have similar meanings, languid describes a sluggish disposition that one experiences fromContinue reading “Word of the Week: Languid”

Word of the Week: Knead

Knead is a verb, but also can be used as a noun, kneader or an adjective, kneadable and is defined as to use the hands to mix and work something into a uniform mass. The word knead is most likely derived from the Middle English word kneden or the High German word knetan.  Most peopleContinue reading “Word of the Week: Knead”