Reminded Of An Awesome Wacky Word

This word belongs in the best ever category.  It sounds like a party!

Doppelganger

Thanks to Ned for dropping it in the comment!

From Websters:

Full Definition of DOPPELGÄNGER

1:  a ghostly counterpart of a living person
2

a :  double 2a

b :  alter ego b

c :  a person who has the same name as another

1830, from German Doppelgänger, literally “double-goer,” originally with a ghostly sense.
This is a great site, combines many definition sites to one.  Love it!  Memidex
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I don’t get the opportunity to use the word and honestly I wouldn’t think to but when someone drops it, I instantly smile and say “That’s A Great Word!”
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P.S.  WordPress I wish you made modifying font size, style and true line spacing available in Visual mode without having to hunt codes down.  I just won’t so my blog is boring.

Pejorative

I will have another post showing our recent trips but here’s another AWESOME word for you to enjoy until then:

PEJORATIVE

Thank you to the loquacious Fish of Gold for offering up this new word in her blog.  I don’t think I have ever heard this word or seen it used so this is a new one to me.

From Websters.com:

pejorative

[pi-jawruh-tiv]
Adjective
1.  having a disparaging, derogatory, or belittling effect or force.

From AlphaDictionary.com

Meaning: 1. Derogatory, negative, insulting. 2. Vulgar, profane.

Notes: Pejorative terms are words like floozy and jerk, that are insulting to those they refer to. They include all the vulgar words and racial slurs that we don’t allow on our website. The adjective may be used as a noun, as in speaking of pejoratives like drunkard, braggart, and twerp.

Word Origin
C19: from French péjoratif, from Late Latin pējōrātus, past participle of pējōrāre to make worse, from Latin pēior worse
Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for pejorative
adj.

“depreciative, disparaging,” 1888, from French péjoratif, from Late Latin peiorat-, past participle stem of peiorare “make worse,” from Latin peior “worse,” related to pessimus “worst,” pessum “downward, to the ground,” from PIE *ped-yos-, comparative of root *ped- “to walk, stumble, impair” (see peccadillo ). As a noun from 1882. English had a verb pejorate “to worsen” from 1640s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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So, there you have it.  Try not to be pejorative and keep a positive outlook.

Obfuscation

A new word came flying at me today from The Nudge Wink Report.

Obfuscation

Obfuswhat? 

Obfuscation is a form of Obfuscate:

From Webster.com

[ob-fuh-skeyt, ob-fuhs-keyt]

 

verb (used with object), obfuscated, obfuscating.
1.  to confuse, bewilder, or stupefy.
2.  to make obscure or unclear:  to obfuscate a problem with extraneous information.
3.  to darken.

noun

1.  the act or an instance of making something obscure, dark, or difficult to understand
Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
1530s, from Latin obfuscatus, past participle of obfuscare “to darken,” from ob “over” (see ob-) + fuscare “to make dark,” from fuscus “dark”

 

I also found this contest regarding the word:

The International Obfuscated C Code Contest

Obfuscate: tr.v. -cated, -cating, -cates.

    1. To render obscure.
    2. To darken.
  1. To confuse: his emotions obfuscated his judgment.
    [LLat. obfuscare, to darken : ob(intensive) + Lat. fuscare,
    to darken < fuscus, dark.] -obfuscation n. obfuscatory adj

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Interesting stuff, love this word!  It’s a big word with a lot of meaning.  Thanks to Blogdramedy for the awesome word!

 

 

Edited for a broken link

Inveterate

Yes it’s time for a new wacky word!

Thanks to the very verbose Rants for the word:

INVETERATE

From Websters:

in·vet·er·ate

adjective \in-ˈve-t(ə-)rət\

: always or often doing something specified

: always or often happening or existing

1 firmly established by long persistence <the inveterate tendency to overlook the obvious>
2 confirmed in a habit :  habitual <an inveterate liar>

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Medical Definition of INVETERATE

1 marked by long duration or frequent recurrence <inveterate bursitis>
2 confirmed in a habit : habitual 2 <an inveterate smoker>

Origin of INVETERATE

Middle English, from Latin inveteratus, from past participle of inveterare to age (v.t.), from in- + veter-, vetus old — more at wether

First Known Use: 14th century

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Thanks again to Rants for the awesome word!

Lilliputian

 

A new word, I’ve never heard of this one though I have watched Gulliver’s Travels, I don’t recall picking up this word.

 

Lillipution

 

Given up by the pro linguist:

http://fishofgold.net/2010/04/04/carjack-defense-system/

 

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

adjective \ˌli-lə-ˈpyü-shən\

1.  of, relating to, or characteristic of the Lilliputians or the island of Lilliput
2.  often not capitalized

a :  small, miniature <a Lilliputian camera>

b :  petty

First Known Use of LILLIPUTIAN

1726  “diminutive, tiny,” literally “pertaining to Lilliput,” the fabulous island whose inhabitants were six inches high, a name coined by Jonathan Swift in “Gulliver’s Travels” (1726). Swift left no explanation of the origin of the word.

Origin:

Early 18th century: from the imaginary country of Lilliput in Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, inhabited by people 6 inches (15 cm) high, + -ian.

From Cliffsnotes: 

“The Lilliputians are men six inches in height but possessing all the pretension and self-importance of full-sized men. They are mean and nasty, vicious, morally corrupt, hypocritical and deceitful, jealous and envious, filled with greed and ingratitude — they are, in fact, completely human.”

From MedTerms.com: 

Lilliputian hallucination: An hallucination in which things, people, or animals seem smaller than they would be in real life. Lilliputian refers to the “little people” who lived (fictionally) on the island of Lilliput in Jonathan Swift’s 1726 masterpiece Gulliver’s Travels.

The term “Lilliputian hallucination” was coined by John Todd, an English psychiatrist (1914-1987) who also called it the Alice in Wonderland syndrome.

Synonyms
illiberal, insular, narrow, little, narrow-minded, parochial, petty, picayune, provincial, sectarian, small, small-minded

 

I have links throughout this post to the websites where the information was gathered from.

Vacillate

Thanks to my friend at The Pith and The Peel  I give you…

 

vacillate

From websters.com
[vasuh-leyt]
verb (used without object), vacillated, vacillating.
1.to waver in mind or opinion; be indecisive or irresolute:

His tendency to vacillate makes him a poor leader.
2.to sway unsteadily; waver; totter; stagger.
3.to oscillate or fluctuate.

verb (intransitive)

1.to fluctuate in one’s opinions; be indecisive
2.to sway from side to side physically; totter or waver
vacillate etymology

1590s, “to sway unsteadily,” from L. vacillatum, from vacillare (see vacillation ). Meaning “to waver between two opinions or courses” is recorded from 1620s. Related: Vacillated ; vacillates ; vacillating.

 

A word, in my opinion, that rivals it’s synonyms in complexity with a simple meaning.  In other words, a fancy way of stating something ordinary.

What do you tend to vacillate on?

For me it is often dinner out, there are so many great options, it’s hard to decide on one.