Word of the Day: 8/31/15 – 9/4/15

Good morning. I hope you enjoyed your weekend – I spent all Saturday driving along the mid-coast snapping pictures of lighthouses, the ocean, and various wildlife and had a wonderful time. This week I’ll be doing some much needed updating on my Photos page, including putting up my pictures from this past weekend. Now on to this week’s words. The theme is unusual verbs; actions that you may not partake in on an everyday basis but perhaps words you want to store away to bring out when they are necessary. Enjoy your week, and thank you for reading!

fribble (LOR-uh-ly)

verb intransitive: to act in a wasteful or frivolous manner
verb transitive: to fritter away
noun: a wasteful or frivolous person or thing

Of uncertain origin. Perhaps an alteration of frivol (to behave frivolously), from Latin frivolus (worthless). Earliest documented use: 1610

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“The Apple Watch will sell like ghost cakes during Halloween, but a year or so from now, I think sales will fizzle and fribble just like Google’s silly glasses.”
Malcolm Berko; Watching Apple’s Stock; Creators Syndicate (Los Angeles); May 27, 2015.

“I skipped the diamonds, the couture ‘Minou’ sunglasses by Nour and various other fribbles including uninteresting check shirts by Riflessi.”
Richard Edmonds; DVD Reviews; Birmingham Post (UK); Jul 12, 2004.

belie (bi-LY)
verb transitive: 1. to give a false impression: misrepresent
2. to show to be false: contradict

From Old English beleogan (to deceive by lying). Earliest documented use: before 1000

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“Its grand name [The Great Parchment Book of The Honourable The Irish Society] belies a sorry state.”
Nicola Davis; Not Fade Away; The Observer (London, UK); Jul 5, 2015.

descry (di-SKRY)

verb transitive: 1. to catch sight of
2. to discover or detect

From Old French descrier (to cry out), from crier (to cry), from Latin critare, from quiritare (to cry out). Earliest documented use: before 1400. A shortening of the word descry resulted in scry.

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“And as for the view of seven states, that turned out to be hogwash; you can descry only three from Lookout Mountain.”
Will Self; On Location; New Statesman (London, UK); Aug 22, 2014.

cosset (KOS-et)

verb transitive: to pamper
noun: a pet; a spoiled child

Of uncertain origin, probably from Old English cotsaeta (cot sitter or cot dweller). Ultimately from the Indo-European root sed- (to sit), which is also the source of sit, chair, saddle, assess, sediment, soot, cathedral, tetrahedron, sessilesurceaseassiduous, and eyas. Earliest documented use: 1579

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“As the youngest of six surviving children, Tom was distinctly cosseted, especially by his doting mother.”
Michael Dirda; T.S. Eliot’s American Childhood; The Washington Post; Apr 15, 2015.


Happy Friday! I can’t wait for Labor Day weekend to start; much need relaxation, organization, and writing needs to be done and I can’t think of a better way to spend the last weekend of the summer – it’s going to be beautiful outside you know – inside my cool apartment with coffee, my tablet, and my notebooks. Maybe if I’m super productive I’ll be able to squeeze in some beach time. Anyway, I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and since my blog takes no “standard” days off, a new category of words will be kicked off on Monday, so drop by if you have some time.

beleaguer (bi-LEE-guhr)

verb transitive: 1. to surround with troops
2. to beset with difficulties

From Dutch belegeren (to camp around), from be- (around) + leger (camp). Ultimately from the Indo-European root legh- (to lie or lay), which also gave us lie, lay, lair, fellow, and laager. Earliest documented use: 1589

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“Underlying tensions and unresolved issues continue to beleaguer the Blue Line area.”
In Lebanon, UN Official Urges ‘Calm, Restraint’ Along Blue Line; Asia News Monitor (Bangkok, Thailand); Feb 19, 2015.

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