Word of the Week Wednesday: acephalous


 

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

Acephalous means headless.

Chiefly a zoological term, it describes an organism that lacks a clearly defined head, like many insect larva.

Metaphorically, though, it can also mean without a head politically; not having a ruler.

Being Halloween, this seems like a fitting word.

 

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Word of the Week Wednesday: anhedonic


 

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

Someone who is anhedonic suffers from the condition of hedonia, which is a lack of pleasure or the capacity for feeling pleasure.

This word struck me as interesting when I first heard it used on How I Met Your Mother.

The word also makes me think of the lyrics to “Kitten Intro” by They Might Be Giants:

“Yet, one of these kittens is not prepared to have a good time.”

 

Word of the Week Wednesday: quiddity


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

Quiddity is the quality that makes something what it is.  The essential nature of something.

It comes from the Latin quid meaning what.  Essentially, it describes the what-ness or it-ness of something.

The word itself sound cool to me, plus I like the essential, basic nature of it.  It’s something that, without which, something is no longer what it is.  Can’t get much more existential than that.

Word of the Week Wednesday: exsanguinate.


 

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

To exsanguinate is to remove the blood from.

It’s a pretty straightforward word; no big surprises here.  What I like about this word is that like bifurcate or defenestrate, it’s a incongruously refined word for a verb that could easily have violent connotations.

Word of the Week Wednesday: mumpsimus


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

A mumpsimus is a persistence in an error of language or usage which is the opposite of sumpsimus, which is a strict adherence to proper language or usage.

I think this is just an inherently funny word.

I comes from a story about an illiterate preacher who continued to use mumpsimus in his sermons even after having been informed that the word should be sumpsimus the 1st person plural perfect form of the Latin verb sumere meaning “we took (communion)”

 

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