Jouissance is a noun that refers to physical or intellectual pleasure.
The French word juir (ghweere) means ‘to enjoy.’ From this our word of the day has come to enter English. Here’s an example of it in use:
I could see the joy on my daughter’s face when I took her to the circus. She clearly took delight in seeing all that joyous activity.
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0:43Aoristic is an adjective that means indefinite or indeterminate. The Greek word aoristos (OUR ee stose) means ‘vague’ or ‘indefinite.’ Aoristic is often used in grammar to describe an unqualified past tense of a verb without reference to duration or completion of the action. But it can also be used more broadly, to mean anything unclear. Here’s an example: Many found Sid’s behavior that night aoristic. Nobody fully understood what he meant by his strange, rambling speech.
0:43Catechize is a verb that means to instruct through questions and answers. The Greek word Katekhein (COT ay kine) means to ‘to instruct’ or ‘to make someone hear.’ The word later evolved into catechize, which was often used in a religious context. Today the word can be used in any situation where someone is instructing through questions and answers. If you catechize new employees, I find that training works better that way. A series of questions and answers is often a good way to provide instruction.
0:31Biddable is an adjective that means easily lead or controlled. The word ‘bid’ is of unclear origin, but it means ‘to offer.’ A biddable person is very willing to offer their service or help. Debra didn’t care for her new job. She had the feeling they were seeking someone one biddable, someone willing to do whatever anyone asked for any reason.
0:46Umbrageous is an adjective that means inclined to take offense easily. Our word of the day is loosely related to the word umbrella, which comes from the Latin word umbra (OOM bruh) meaning ‘shadow.’ This word also referred to a ‘ground for suspicion’ or ‘offense.’ When someone has taken umbrage with something, we mean, they are offended. An umbrageous person is very apt to take offense. Our umbrageous boss didn’t like the wig I gave him for his birthday. I would have selected another gift if I’d known he was so easily offended about his hair loss.
0:31Lout is a noun that refers to an uncouth or aggressive person. Our word of the day is of German origin. It entered the English language in the mid 16th century and since then is almost never used in a flattering context. Here’s an example: Only a lout like Steve could make a mess of the office party. You’d have to be really aggressive and cruel to ruin a lovely gathering like that.
0:50Florilegium is a noun that refers to a volume of writing. The Latin prefix F-L-O-R has given birth to many words likes ‘flower’ and ‘florist.’ Its path to becoming the origin of a word for a collection of books began with the word legere (lay JARE ay) with means ‘gather.’ A florilegium once referred to a collection of books about flowers and later meant a collection of any books. Here’s an example of our word of the day in use: For my research, I found a few books on the necessary topic, but I actually needed more books. Ideally, I needed a florilegium.
0:46Eggcorn is a noun that refers to a word or phrase that results from a mishearing. Our word of the day is a very recent addition to English, entering in the early 21st century. It came about by people mishearing the word acorn and instead thinking the word was eggcorn. Everyday language is full of such mistakes. Here’s an example of it in use: For years, I heard the phrase ‘for all intents and purposes’ as ‘for all intensive purposes.’ It wasn’t until much later that I learned this was an eggcorn.
0:42Echt is an adjective that means authentic and typical. It can also be used as an adverb that means authentically or typically. Coming directly from the German word for real, our word of the day has maintained the same basic meaning after being imported into English. Here is an example of echt in use. Those crowds at our early shows were placed there by our management to make it seem that we were a popular band. But later we attracted echt crowds and it was glorious to see that real people actually did enjoy our music.
0:44Enshrine is a verb that means to preserve and cherish as sacred. The latin word scrinium (screen ee OOM) refers to ‘a chest for books.’ In later years a shrine became a word for a holy place that held sacred items. Enshrine is a verb that is often used metaphorically to refer to the process of treating something as if it were sacred. Here’s an example: The rights we were fighting for have since been enshrined into law. A violation of those laws would be treated as an act of sacrilege.
0:36Jouissance is a noun that refers to physical or intellectual pleasure. The French word juir (ghweere) means ‘to enjoy.’ From this our word of the day has come to enter English. Here’s an example of it in use: I could see the joy on my daughter’s face when I took her to the circus. She clearly took delight in seeing all that joyous activity.