Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for December 11, 2018 is:
immure • \ih-MYOOR\ • verb
1 a : to enclose within or as if within walls
b : imprison
2 : to build into a wall; especially : to entomb in a wall
“Agnes … is a suburban lifer, a mousy, resigned little woman whose life is immured by her home, her family, and her church.” — Jonathan Richards, The Santa Fe New Mexican, 7 Sept. 2018
“In the croissants and their variations, the layers are as distinct as ribs, from slabs of cold butter immured in fold after fold of dough; the interior resembles a honeycomb of air, due to steam released during baking as the butter slowly melts.” — Ligaya Mishan, The New York Times, 13 Mar. 2018
Did you know?
Like mural, immure comes from murus, a Latin noun that means “wall.” Immurare, a Medieval Latin verb, was formed from murus and the prefix in– (meaning “in” or “within”). Immure, which first appeared in English in the late 16th century, literally means “to wall in” or “to enclose with a wall,” but it has extended meanings as well. In addition to senses meaning “to imprison” and “to entomb,” the word sometimes has broader applications, essentially meaning “to shut in” or “to confine.” One might remark, for example, that a very studious acquaintance spends most of her time “immured in the library” or that a withdrawn teenager “immures himself in his bedroom every night.”
December 11, 2018 at 01:00PM
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for December 10, 2018 is:
repartee • \rep-er-TEE\ • noun
1 a : a quick and witty reply
b : a succession or interchange of clever retorts : amusing and usually light sparring with words
2 : adroitness and cleverness in reply : skill in repartee
“One of my favorite parts of that scene was Kim’s repartee with him, trying to show how smart she is, him pretending to forget the case and her knowing it—all just so he could test her.” — Patrick Fabian, quoted in Variety, 11 Sept. 2018
“The joy of the romantic comedy lies less in its mise en scène, and more in its witty repartee and character chemistry…. The will-they-won’t-they tension is enough for the movie to power through the silliest moments. — David Sims, The Atlantic, 21 June 2018
Did you know?
One person often noted for her repartee was Dorothy Parker, writer and legendary member of the Algonquin Round Table. Upon hearing that Calvin Coolidge had died, she replied, “How can they tell?” The taciturn Coolidge obviously didn’t have a reputation for being the life of the party, but he himself came out with a particularly famous repartee on one occasion. When a dinner guest approached him and told him she had bet someone she could get him to say more than two words, he replied, “You lose.” Repartee, our word for such a quick, sharp reply (and for skill with such replies) comes from the French repartie, of the same meaning. Repartie itself is formed from the French verb repartir, meaning “to retort.”
December 10, 2018 at 01:00PM
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December 10, 2018 at 07:00AM
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for December 9, 2018 is:
galumph • \guh-LUMF\ • verb
: to move with a clumsy heavy tread
Mary’s teenage son galumphed into the house and flung himself onto the couch, sighing heavily.
“Incredibly, a massive rhinoceros comes galumphing toward us as rapidly as something that weighs more than two tons and resembles a tank on four legs can move.” — Barbara Marshall, The Palm Beach (Florida) Post, 27 Aug. 2017
Did you know?
Bump, thump, thud. There’s no doubt about it—when someone or something galumphs onto the scene, ears take notice. Galumph first lumbered onto the English scene in 1872 when Lewis Carroll used the word to describe the actions of the vanquisher of the Jabberwock in Through the Looking Glass: “He left it dead, and with its head / He went galumphing back.” Etymologists suspect Carroll created galumph by altering the word gallop, perhaps throwing in a pinch of triumphant for good measure (in its earliest uses, galumph did convey a sense of exultant bounding). Other 19th-century writers must have liked the sound of galumph, because they began plying it in their own prose, and it has been clumping around our language ever since.
December 09, 2018 at 01:00PM
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for December 8, 2018 is:
approbation • \ap-ruh-BAY-shun\ • noun
1 : commendation, praise
2 : an act of approving formally or officially
“In 2001, I moved to Lima to study literature at a local university. I fell in with a group of art students—painters, illustrators, sculptors—and even after I’d quit attending classes I’d still visit them, spending long afternoons on the cement floor of a cramped studio that two of them shared. This group became my first real friends in Peru who were not family, and their approbation meant a lot to me.” — Daniel Alarcón, The New Yorker, 22 Nov. 2017
“The role of a theater, she argued, was not to adjudicate political issues or get the approbation of minority groups, but, rather, to create a space between art and the public.” — Dan Bilefsky, The New York Times, 12 July 2018
Did you know?
Approbation is similar in meaning to approval, and it is also very close to approval etymologically. Both words trace back to the Latin verb approbare, which means “to prove” or “to approve.” Approbation meant “proof” when it first appeared in English in the 14th century, and by the early 1500s it had come to mean “formal or official approval,” a sense it still retains in certain ecclesiastical contexts. Today, however, we mostly use approbation in the looser sense of “approval, admiration, or praise.” The related verb approbate means “to approve or sanction,” and the adjective approbatory means “expressing approval or commendation.”
December 08, 2018 at 01:00PM