Word of the Day : August 17, 2017
1 : to fight against
2 : to call in question
Did You Know?
Oppugn was first recorded in English in the 15th century. It came to Middle English from the Latin verb oppugnare, which in turn derived from the combination of ob-, meaning “against,” and pugnare, meaning “to fight.” Pugnare itself is descended from the same ancient word that gave Latin the word pugnus, meaning “fist.” It’s no surprise, then, that oppugn was adopted into English to refer to fighting against something or someone, either physically (as in “the dictatorship will oppugn all who oppose it”) or verbally (as in “oppugn an argument”). Other descendants of pugnare in English include the equally aggressive pugnacious, impugn, repugnant, and the rare inexpugnable(“incapable of being subdued or overthrown”).
Eminent posts make great men greater, and little men less.
-Jean de La
Bruyere, essayist and moralist (16 Aug 1645-1696)
Cool word… Love Greek; wish I could read it.
Word of the Day : August 6, 2017
: of or relating to the underworld :infernal
Did You Know?
Chthonic might seem a lofty and learned word, but it’s actually pretty down-to-earth in its origin and meaning. It comes from chthōn, which means “earth” in Greek, and it is associated with things that dwell in or under the earth. It is most commonly used in discussions of mythology, particularly underworld mythology. Hades and Persephone, who reign over the underworld in Greek mythology, might be called “chthonic deities,” for example. Chthonic has broader applications, too. It can be used to describe something that resembles a mythological underworld (e.g., “chthonic darkness”), and it is sometimes used to describe earthly or natural things (as opposed to those that are elevated or celestial).
“Can you please just forget everything I’ve thought, said, and tweeted
“Can you please just forget everything I’ve thought, said, and tweeted up to this exact moment and start trusting me?”
The daily word for this blog is Fragrance, however the quotes made me think of Happiness, and I wanted to share this happiness…
How I feel my blog is going…
Word of the Day : July 24, 2017
: marked by lack of plan, order, or direction
Did You Know?
The hap in haphazard comes from an English word that means “happening,” as well as “chance or fortune,” and that derives from the Old Norse word happ, meaning “good luck.” Perhaps it’s no accident that hazard also has its own connotations of luck: while it now refers commonly to something that presents danger, at one time it referred to a dice game similar to craps. (The name ultimately derives from the Arabic al-zahr, meaning “the die.”) Haphazardfirst entered English as a noun (again meaning “chance”) in the 16th century, and soon afterward was being used as an adjective to describe things with no apparent logic or order.