Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Word of the Day: No 1

As well as improving my style (see post below), I am going to also try and learn a new word (usually from what I've read) or sometimes revisit a word I thought I knew because sometimes they turn out to be more interesting than I thought. Today the word is:
pusillanimous = timid, cowardly. lily-livered.

8 Comments:

Blogger Anne S said...

I receive a "word a day" by email from Bloomsbury publishing as well as a "Literary History" newsletter.

I signed up to receive these email newsletters when I purchased a book from them.

A lot of the words are unusual, and although I usually forget them instantly, I enjoy their daily arrival in my inbox.

You can sign up for these email newsletters here

Wed Jan 30, 05:33:00 am  
Anonymous Clare said...

Thanks Anne, I've just signed up...for everything they have to offer. Yes, I find fogetting words instantly is a bif problem. My mother recently told me recently that she has devised a way of learning words that is working for her at the moment. She has a blank cardboard book mark for each book that she reads, and as she encounters new words she writes them on that, with their meaning - and has found they have been sinking into her grey matter quite readily.

Wed Jan 30, 08:25:00 am  
Blogger Anne S said...

As an example, here's today's word from Bloomsbury:
astasia-abasia

"astasia-abasia, n. A functional inability to stand or walk despite the fact that the patient retains good muscular co-ordination while lying in bed, especially in the handling of the drinks tray and the TV remote."

I'm sure you'll find them delightful.

Wed Jan 30, 08:46:00 am  
Anonymous Clare said...

That is so funny! Do they also provide synonyms e.g. 'Lazy b*****' or 'My elder son' etc?

Wed Jan 30, 08:57:00 am  
Blogger Anne S said...

Yes they do. They often put these words into a meaningful witty sentence.

Some words are from THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY by Ambrose Bierce, for instance this one from Monday:
admiration

"admiration, n. Our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves."

Wed Jan 30, 09:04:00 am  
Anonymous Clare said...

Oh excellent! And so true:-)
Thanks for telling me about this, Anne - sounds like this is going to be my morning's entertainment.

Wed Jan 30, 09:12:00 am  
Blogger Jan said...

I rather like "lily livered"...the liver of a coward is supposedly bloodless, hence the haunting expression...

Wed Jan 30, 10:44:00 pm  
Anonymous Clare said...

Ah, Jan, I didn't know that! Very interesting - yes, you're right, it is haunting.

Wed Jan 30, 10:52:00 pm  

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