WOW #1

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WOW is going to stand for – Word Of the Week

I’m always looking for an interesting theme to post about. I recently found one at SightsNBytes.  He vowed to post about a word a day, for 2017.  Of course, like many New Year’s resolutions, he’d only published 3 in the first two weeks.

To publish a post about a word a day would turn this into a dictionary site, but, a word a week seemed doable, perhaps even only when inspiration doesn’t strike with Rochelle’s 100-word Flash Fictions.  My OCD suggested that I go alphabetically, like the April Challenge.  Dictionary.com has an interesting word each day.  I’m sure I can find at least one suitable candidate each week.

Let us at least begin with an A word.

The first Word Of the Week is;
askance
Meaning – adverb 1. with suspicion, mistrust, or disapproval:
He looked askance at my offer.
with a side glance; sidewise; obliquely.

It looks like you’re ‘asking’ something, but, like many other English words, it actually begins with the French prefix ‘a’, meaning, ‘in, at or to’. The rest of the word would be more understandable, written ‘scanse’, incorporating the word ‘scan.’  It is pronounced (ah-skance), with the accent on the second syllable.

Probably like many of the words I’ll choose, this one is a bit archaic. When someone writes of one character ‘cutting his eyes’ towards another, our grandparents (Okay, your Great-grandparents) might have spoken of ‘looking askance.’

Does anyone object to learning about the occasional word? Be gentle with the words you use to describe me and my idea.  😉

 

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13 thoughts on “WOW #1

  1. BrainRants says:

    My WoW is ‘somnolent.’ Conclude what you will.

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  2. I’d love to see your thoughts on words. I, too, am fascinated by words and their history. I’ll give you one that surprised me: clue.

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  3. Sightsnbytes says:

    Word of the day: Rodomontade
    (noun) to boast, brag, or talk big
    I have moved on from my now abandoned New Years Resolution, and vow to use each of the daily words in one or more of the scrabble games I am playing online. got a few points for Rodomontade. no resolution, just fun with words. nice post, glad I was able to inspire you.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      An interesting word, and another I’ve never run into. I’m not sure how you work an 11-letter word into a 7-tile game of Scrabble. 😯
      I don’t feel it’s as ‘valid’ as other adopted foreign words, like ‘la riata’, (‘the’ ‘thing that ties’), which becomes lariat in English, and means the same thing.
      This starts with ’round mountain’ – names the town of ‘Round Mountain’ at its base – refers to the ‘guy from Round Mountain’ – and enters English, talking about ‘the thing that the guy from Round Mountain does.’
      It’s a long way, for a short, foreign-language joke. 😳

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