Good morning, and happy Monday. I am expecting not to be familiar with this week’s words, so naturally I cannot wait to learn them. These words may help you describe a thing or scenario of which you cannot think of a word to describe. Wordsmith explains it like this:
“From time to time I get emails that begin, “Do you know if there is a word for …?” The cauldron of the English language is overflowing with words. It has a word for the cry of a newborn (vagitus), a word for an uncontrollable urge to dance (tarantism), and a word for the use of ‘we’ in referring to oneself (nosism).
If you don’t find the word, coin it. After all, every word was used by someone for the first time. This week we’ll feature some things for which you don’t need to coin a word because there’s already a word for each of them. ”
Have a great week, and enjoy these words!
sinecure (SY-ni-kyoor, SIN-i-)
noun: a position in which one is paid for little or no work.
From Latin beneficium sine cura (a church position not involving caring for the souls of the parishioners), from sine (without) + cura (care). Earliest documented use: 1662.
Usage (from Wordsmith)
“Some 200,000 civil servants have been enlisted. Half are fairly useless: former guerrillas given sinecures to keep the peace. This cannot last. Some 75% of the budget is spent on wages.”
A New Country Rises from the Ruins; South Sudan; The Economist (London, UK); May 4, 2013.