Category Archives: Words

14 Jan

Bricolage

Bricolage

“In the practical arts and the fine arts, bricolage is the construction or creation of a work from a diverse range of things that happen to be available, or a work created by such a process. The term is borrowed from the French word bricolage, which refers to amateur repair and DIY maintenance work (the definition of le bricolage, in French, corresponds exactly to that of the tinkering). Someone who practices bricolage is called a bricoleur.” via Wikipedia

07 Jan

Sagacious

sagacious

PRONUNCIATION:
(suh-GAY-shuhs)

MEANING:
adjective: Having keen judgment or wisdom.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin sagire (to perceive keenly). Ultimately from the Indo-European root sag- (to seek out), which is also the source of seek, ransack, ramshackle, forsake, and hegemony. Earliest documented use: 1607.

USAGE:
“Even Warren Buffett is looking less than sagacious after his holding company posted its worst year ever.”
The Long and the Short; The Economist (London, UK); Mar 12, 2009.

31 Dec

Shakabuku

Debi: You know what you need?

Marty: What?

Debi: Shakabuku.

Marty: You wanna tell me what that means? 

Debi: It’s a swift, spiritual kick to the head that alters your reality forever. 

Marty: Oh, that’d be good. I think.

Grosse Pointe Blank – 1997

24 Dec

Lustrous

lustrous

adjective \ˈləs-trəs\
Definition of LUSTROUS

1.) reflecting light evenly and efficiently without glitter or sparkle

2.) radiant in character or reputation : illustrious
— lustrously adverb
— lustrousness noun

First Known Use of LUSTROUS
1601

17 Dec

Leviathan

“A leviathan is a giant sea creature. It can be real, like a whale, or mythical. Moby Dick is an example of a famous leviathan. The word comes from Hebrew livyathan which means a great sea serpent or sea monster. A real leviathan is the giant sea squid Architeuthis, which was photographed alive for the first time in 2005. A leviathan can also be something that is really, really big. The Titanic was a leviathan that now rests with leviathans” via Vocabulary.com

Destruction_of_Leviathan

I love Wikipedia’s disambiguation pages.

It’s a book by Thomas Hobbes, it’s a roller coaster in Canada. It’s a late 80’s film starring Peter Weller, Richard Crenna & Amanda Pays.

10 Dec

Lightsome

lightsome – adjective \ˈlīt-səm\

1.) moving easily and quickly; nimble
“a lightsome buoyant step”

Synonyms: light, tripping, light-footed (of movement) having a light and springy step

also means…
carefree and happy and lighthearted

“trilling songs with a lightsome heart”

Synonyms: blithe, blithesome, light-hearted, lighthearted, cheerful

via Vocabulary.com

26 Nov

Diaphanous

Diaphanous

adjective \dī-ˈa-fə-nəs\
—used to describe cloth that is very thin and light

Full Definition of DIAPHANOUS
1: characterized by such fineness of texture as to permit seeing through
2: characterized by extreme delicacy of form : ethereal 3: insubstantial, vague
— di·aph·a·nous·ly adverb
— di·aph·a·nous·ness noun

Examples of DIAPHANOUS

Origin of DIAPHANOUS
Medieval Latin diaphanus, from Greek diaphanēs, from diaphainein to show through, from dia- + phainein to show
First Known Use: 1614

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Such a rich and erotic word. It’s interesting to see what it currently means to Google.

19 Nov

Flâneur

flâneur
noun \flä-ˈnər\

Definition of FLANEUR
: an idle man-about-town

First Known Use: 1854


This word is much more complex than this basic definition lets on. See the Wikipedia entry.

12 Nov

Curate

curate
/kyo͝oˌrāt/

verb: curate; 3rd person present: curates; past tense: curated; past participle: curated; gerund or present participle: curating

1. select, organize, and look after the items in (a collection or exhibition). / “both exhibitions are curated by the museum’s director”

– select acts to perform at (a music festival). / “in past years the festival has been curated by the likes of David Bowie”

– select, organize, and present (suitable content, typically for online or computational use). / “nearly every major news organization is using Twitter’s new lists feature to curate tweets about the earthquake”

Here’s an interesting NY Times article about how this term has begun to work it’s way into more and more situations.

And apparently in it’s noun form ‘curate’ is a member of the clergy.