Word of the Day: 10/12/15 – 10/16/2015

Monday morning: 1 – Me: 0
Besides waking up late, burning my coffee, and not being able to find my bag for work, I hustled out to my apartment’s parking lot just to have to open my car door with the key – I know, quite the hardship – because the remote battery was dead, I thought. Actually, my car was dead because I had left my lights on. Thankfully my very significant other didn’t care too much about waking up hours before he had to in order to go outside to jump my car. Let’s hope it starts again when I go out on my lunch break.

Anyway, this week’s words are going to be fun. Here is Wordsmith‘s explanation:
“They are called hooks. And they are one of the best ways to increase your score in a game of Scrabble. A hook is when you add a letter at the beginning or at the end of a word. For example, if the board has the word VERY, you can add E at the beginning to make EVERY.

This week’s words in A.Word.A.Day can all take a hook. Can you find them? Enjoy the hooks, but be careful. You never know when a little harmless WORDPLAY can turn into dangerous SWORDPLAY.”

So enjoy, and step up your Scrabble game the next time you play. Have a great week!

ambit (AM-bit)

noun: scope, range, limit, or boundary

From Latin ambitus (going around), from ambire (to go around), from ambi- (both, around) + ire (to go). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ei- (to go), which also gave us exit, transit, circuit, itinerary, obituary, adit, and arrant. Earliest documented use: 1398

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“President Buhari acted within the ambit of the law by taking his time to do a thorough job.”
Agenda for New Ministers; The Sun (Lagos, Nigeria); Oct 2, 2015.

peculate (PEK-yuh-layt)

verb transitive, intransitive: to steal or misuse money or property entrusted to one’s care

From Latin pecu (cattle, money). Ultimately from the Indo-European root peku- (wealth), which also gave us fee, fief, fellow, peculiar, impecunious, and pecuniary.
Earliest documented use: 1715

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“A second figure, a major named Liu Bu, confessed to having peculated 1,700 to 1,800 taels from the purchase of materiel and another 3,000 taels from bribes, gifts, and unreported surpluses on construction jobs.”
Randall A. Dodgen; Controlling the Dragon; University of Hawaii Press; 2001.

resumptive (ri-ZUHMP-tiv)

adjective: tending to resume, repeat, or summarize

From Latin resumere (to resume), from re- (again) + sumere (to take).
Earliest documented use: 1398

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“‘At the time of the robo-signing controversy last year, we stopped doing all foreclosures and then started reviewing them all in December,’ said Bank of America spokesman Rick Simon. ‘We’re still in that resumptive process and a lot of the slowdown you see now is left over from last year.’”
Patrick May; Foreclosures in Silicon Valley Remain Stubbornly Slow; Oakland Tribune (California); May 18, 2011.

uberous (YOO-buhr-uhs)

adjective: abundant, fruitful

From Latin uber (rich, fruitful, abundant, etc.). Earliest documented use: 1624

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“School Principal lauded the Primary teachers for their uberous contribution in preparing the small kids for their best presentations.”
Vishwa Bharati Celebrates Janam Ashtami; Early Times (India); Sep 2, 2015.

Happy Friday! Today’s word comes with a bonus word of sorts in the Usage example.
Enjoy your weekend!

olio (OH-lee-oh)

noun: a miscellaneous collection of things, for example, a variety show

From Spanish olla (pot, stew), from Latin olla (pot). Earliest documented use: 1642.
Also see olla podrida.

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“I will launch into an olio of malapropisms, bad abbreviations, similar words that tend to be used interchangeably.”
All right, Already! Today You Get Plenty of Options; Daily Herald (Illinois); Sep 13, 2015.

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