Word of the day for Monday

They say if you use a word 3 times in the right context, then it’s yours for life! I’ve been doing this my whole life and found it works. So that’s why I share it with you. If you love words as much as I do, I hope you enjoy this blog!

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New one for me!
Happy Monday and make it a great day! 🙂

All My Best,
Jill M Roberts

Word of the day!

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foofaraw
FOO-fuh-raw

–noun

1. a great fuss or disturbance about something very insignificant.

2. an excessive amount of decoration or ornamentation, as on a piece of clothing, a building, etc.

Quotes

“Don’t set your heart on any more such foofaraw ,” the captain warned her.
— Stephen Harrigan , The Gates of the Alamo , 2000

People in this country are more determined than ever not to get snookered into another foreign foofaraw.
— Peter Quinn , The Hour of the Cat , 2005

Origin

The origin of foofaraw is uncertain, but it may be related to the French word fanfaron meaning “boastful.” It entered English in the 1930s.

Word of the day!

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hokum
HOH-kuhm

–noun

1. out-and-out nonsense; bunkum.

2. elements of low comedy introduced into a play, novel, etc., for the laughs they may bring.

3. sentimental matter of an elementary or stereotyped kind introduced into a play or the like.

4. false or irrelevant material introduced into a speech, essay, etc., in order to arouse interest, excitement, or amusement.

Quotes

But American campaign biographies still follow a script written nearly two centuries ago. East of piffle and west of hokum , the Boy from Hope always grows up to be the Man of the People.
— Jill Lepore , “Bound for Glory,” The New Yorker , 2008

Probably nowhere else do the popular playmakers of Broadway reveal their imaginative shortcomings so clearly as in the employment of what is known colloquially as hokum.
— George Jean Nathan , Comedians All , 1919

Origin

Hokum emerged as theater slang in the US in the early 1900s and is thought to be a blend of hocus-pocus and bunkum .

Word of the day!

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boondoggle
BOON-dog-uhl, -daw-guhl

verb

to do work of little or no practical value merely to keep or look busy.
to deceive or attempt to deceive: to boondoggle investors into a low-interest scheme.

noun

a product of simple manual skill, as a plaited leather cord for the neck or a knife sheath, made typically by a camper or a scout.
work of little or no value done merely to keep or look busy.
a project funded by the federal government out of political favoritism that is of no real value to the community or the nation.

Quotes

To the cowboy it meant the making of saddle trappings out of odds and ends of leather, and they boondoggled when there was nothing else to do on the ranch.
— , The Chicago Tribune , 1935

Against this backdrop, what happens next in California has broad import. Will the Monterey Shale be a boon, a boondoggle or, worse, an environmental mess?
— Alex Prud’homme , “‘Fracking’ the Monterey Shale — boon or boondoggle?” Los Angeles Times , 2013

Origin

Boondoggle is an Americanism that dates to the 1930s. The term’s origin is obscure, but it was popularized during the New Deal as a pejorative word for government projects for the unemployed.

Weird Words

From time to time I like to do a list of weird words. Here’s my compiled list for the day…

Weird Words:

Fuscoferuginous: Having a rusty color

Conquassate: To shake or agitate

Nihilarian: A person who deals with unimportant things

Scacchic: Having to do with the game of chess

Kerfuffle: Nonsense

Agelast: Someone who never laughs

Accubation: Eating while lying down

Bathygraphy: The scientific exploration of the sea with sonic instruments

Decubitus: Lying down

Exsibilation: Booing from the audience

Yeuk: Itching 

Lagopodous: Like a rabbit’s foot

Interfenestration: The space between two windows

Happy Thursday everyone! Here’s your word of the day…

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clepe
kleep

verb

to call; name (now chiefly in the past participle as ycleped or yclept).
Quotes

And, whiles I wrought, my master would leave me, and doff his raiment and don his rags, and other infirmities, and cozen the world, which he did clepe it “plucking of the goose”…
— Charles Reade , The Cloister and the Hearth , 2003

O, we have been advised that in Egypt lives a rare bird yclept Ibis which walks up to stroke the Crocodile with its feathers so the monster squats paralyzed.
— Evan S. Connell , Alchymic Journals , 1991

Origin

Clepe is derived from the Old English word cleopian which is related to the Middle Low German word kleperen meaning “to rattle.” The odd iteration of clepe is its past participle yclept which is its more common variant. The initial y is a vestige from Middle English.