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592806272 commented on the word defenestrate
http://bit.ly/QiCBq: "A word invented for one incident: the "Defenestration of Prague," May 21, 1618, when two Catholic deputies to the Bohemian national assembly and a secretary were tossed out the window (into a moat) of the castle of Hradshin by Protestant radicals. It marked the start of the Thirty Years War."
September 13, 2010
592806272 commented on the word symbolicating
Transitive verb. To do something symbolical of something else. Used in the TV show "House" episode "Resignation" : "You're symbolicating killing House!" -Wilson
September 12, 2010
592806272 commented on the word yeahno
Interesting reading about this word at the Language Log =)
September 11, 2010
592806272 commented on the word peccable
Word History: Today's Good Word is built on the Latin verb peccare "to stumble, go astray, sin". The root is ped-/pod- "foot" found in such borrowings as pedal, pedestrian, podiatrist, and tripod. Apparently a suffixed form of this word similar to *ped-cos "misstep" existed at one time before the formation of Latin and this word gave rise to *pedcare "to misstep". The D in this word then predictably converted to C, leaving Latin with peccare. The meaning then moved from an actual misstep to a metaphorical moral one, "to sin". So today's Good Word has made a remarkable journey to its current form and meaning—and all on foot! (Today we thank the impeccable Susan Kappel for raising the question, "Where are peccable and ravel?")
September 7, 2010
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