Thursday, March 13, 2008

Words: tryst [MW]

Pronunciation: \ˈtrist, especially British ˈtrīst\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English triste appointed station for hunters, probably from trist, trust confidence, trust
Date: 14th century
1 : an agreement (as between lovers) to meet
2 : an appointed meeting or meeting place

(I had never heard tryst pronounced with the short i until this week. It's apparently British usage to use the long i, though it seems logical at first glance on the analogy of try.)

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Neologisms: poof, poofs

Rather than the male-centric and crude "That sucks" or "That blows," women might favor the suggested usage "That poofs" (as in something insubstantial or insignificant is "poofy"). The vulgarity-sensitive female might even mutter when frustrated, "Oh, poof!"

Neologisms: englame, inglame

To foment or inflame with a fixation on fashion and glam.

Gibberwocky: sissernoss

Gibberwocky: cybetic

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Email: Relative elbows [EH]

Family dynamics can be a b---- but we make the bed we lie in. When you don’t speak up for yourself in the past, people don’t expect you to speak up for yourself in the present. And what’s keeping you from speaking up for yourself now? Every moment is a fresh opportunity. “Now is the day of salvation.” I don’t believe in generational payback, that’s just fodder for cartoon strip chuckles. Nothing worthwhile is keeping you from speaking and acting to get what you want or think right for yourself. Rather than describe what isn’t working, concentrate on bringing about what works better.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Names: AcipHex

Does the gastric reflux drug known as AcipHex (pronounced A-si-fex) make anyone else smirk every time they hear it? Like a drug that might be spelled AssEffects?