Word of the Week Wednesday: enchiridion

This “Wednesday’s” Word of the Week is: enchiridion.

An enchiridion is a handbook.  Pronounced: en-kahy-rid-ee-uhn.

The word comes from the Greek, enkheiridion, from en– meaning “in” and kheir meaning “hand”.

What I like about this word is just that it’s a completely over the top obscure and pedantic word for a simple object for which there’s already a perfectly good and much simpler term.



Word o’ the Week Wednesday: monger

Avast, me hearties!  This Wednesday’s Word o’ the Week is: monger.

A monger be a trader or dealer in some commodity, like a fishmonger, or alternately someone who be involved in somethin’ like a scurvy dog, as in a gossip monger or war monger.

I be quite fond o’ th’ different uses an’ meanings fer th’ word an’ how they can be related. `Tis like ye could say that someone who deals in gossip leaves as bad an stink as someone who deals in fish.

Th’ word be from th’ Old English, mangere comin’ from th’ Latin mango meanin’ a dealer or trader.

Now, don’t be forgettin’ to enter me Word o’ th’ Week Contest, ya lubbers.

Word of the Week Wednesday: cunctation

This Wednesday’s Word of the Week is: cunctation.

A cunctation is a delay or tardiness.  Thinking about it, I probably should have used this as last week’s word.

The word comes from the Latin cunctari, meaning to delay

I like this word mainly because I find it odd.

At first I thought if might be related to the word punctual.  I turns out to be unrelated.  Punctual comes from the Latin word for point, much like punctuate.

Word of the Week Contest

Based on recent and past comments (thank you to all my commenters by the way), I’ve decided to hold a little contest.

For the length of September, I will be monitoring the comments on this post.  I am asking you to submit a new word that you would like to have featured in the first Word of the Week Wednesday in October.

English: icon of Keep Your Word by bambooappsThe rules are simple:  Each commenter can only submit one word which cannot have been a previous Word of the Week and submission will need to be made before midnight Eastern Standard Time, Monday, October 1st.

I will review the submissions and will select a winner.  As I don’t have much to give away by way of prizes, the prize will be the fame, such as it is of being recognized on this blog in the post that features your word.

If I get a good response to this contest, I will consider making it a monthly feature.

So, have at it, my fellow philologists!

EDIT: Here’s a list of all past words of the week:
adorkable, altiloquent, amanuensis, anecdote, antidote, armamentarium, auscultation, avoirdupois, bailiwick, befuddle, bespoke, bifurcate, brilliant, brisance, brouhaha, catawampus, chagrin, concupiscence, contumacious, conundrum, converge, cunctation, darkle, discombobulate, draconian, egregious, eldritch, emblazon, evanescent, exquisite, falderal, fantast , ferly, flummox, frippery, gaslight , gobsmacked, grandiloquent, haberdasher, haimish, heinous, hideous, histrionics, hoi polloi, homely , hornswoggle, inkhorn, internecine, lovely, lugubrious , magniloquent, martinet, maudlin, melancholy, militate, monger, nemesis , neoterism, obsequies, obviate, ombudsman, omphalos, ossify, oubliette, paroxysm, penurious , perdition, peroration, phatic, pococurante, portmanteau , prerogative, prolix, prorogue, pyrrhic victory, quixotic, rapscallion, rutilant, schadenfreude, scupper, selcouth, shriek, sibilance, skullduggery, spruik, squamous, trope, widdershins.

Word of the Week Wednesday: fantast

This “Wednesday’s” Word of the Week is: fantast.

A fantast is a dreamer or visionary.

It comes from the Greek word phantastḗs meaning a boaster.  The modern usage comes from association with the word fantastic.

You may say I’m a fantast, but I’m not the only one.

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