It’s Max! My life is complete!
Today’s word sounds like a Palinesque error, but it’s real (courtesy of glyphweb.com):
confusticate (v) confuse, baffle
Possibly the most perfect picture ever taken.
I will spare you the lurid details about why there was no word of the semi-week yesterday, for I assure you, you don’t want to know. But I managed to dig up an evocative word and near-onomatopoeia that will help to tell the tale:
keck (v): to retch, to feel disgust
Have a lovely weekend!
This semi-week’s word (also courtesy of the Phrontistery) is of particular delight to me because it’s a word I wanted to exist, but didn’t think did. You see, I studied French (among other things), and “se débarrasser de” means, roughly, “to get rid of”. So some interesting second language effects happened in my brain, and I started thinking that “debarrass” was an English word for “get rid of”. It turns out I was right! I was just browsing the Phrontistery’s D index and happened upon this French orphelin [=orphan]. It was very gratifying to me.
The English meaning isn’t exactly “get rid of” (it’s “to disembarrass; disentangle; free”), but I’ll take it.
I promise to get some actual writing or pithy commentary out there soon. Does anyone know a big word for “procrastination”?
ucalegon: a neighbor whose house is on fire or has burned down
Source: the Phrontistery
Apparently the word comes from the name of Ucalegon, a friend of Priam’s whose house was set on fire when the Achaeans sacked Troy. Just don’t call 911 and holler about ucalegons.
vafrous (adj): cunning; sly
(also from the Phrontistery)
Vafrous like a fox!