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”

Word of the Week: Jargon

Jargon is a noun, but can also be used as a verb, jargon. Defined as technical terminology characteristic of a particular subject, the word jargon derives from either the French word gaggire (to chatter) or the Old French word jargon (chatter of birds). When the word jargon was used in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales writtenContinue reading “Word of the Week: Jargon”

Word of the Week: Ebullient

Ebullient is an adjective, but it can also be used as an adverb, ebulliently or a noun, ebullience. Ebullient is defined as joyously unrestrained or bubbling over with enthusiasm. The word ebullient is derived from the Latin verb ebullire (to bubble out), which is further broken down into the Latin word bulla (bubble). First recordedContinue reading “Word of the Week: Ebullient”

Word of the Week: Demagogue

Demagogue is a noun, but can also be used as a verb, demagogue. Defined as a leader who seeks support by appealing to popular passions, demagogue has been used since the 1650s.  Borrowed from the ancient Greek word dēmagōgós, dēmagōgós can be broken down into dêmos (people) + -agōgos (leading, impelling). Additionally, this Greek wordContinue reading “Word of the Week: Demagogue”