A lollapalooza (n.) means “a remarkable or wonderful person or thing”, which is a term that originated in either 1896 or 1901 from American English, also meaning “a fanciful formation”. Other spellings include: lallapaloosa and lallapalootza.
Google tells us “Lollapalooza is the annual North American alternative pop music concert which started around 1991. It’s a music festival featuring alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock, hip hop, Electric Dance Music bands, artists, dance and comedy performances and craft booths. It happens in Grant Park, Chicago, IL on Aug 3 – 6, 2017 and has been active for 20 years!”
This is a strange word, it has two completely unrelated meanings…which I find fascinating! Let me know if you agree….
Imago is a noun, meaning:
1. The final or adult stage of an insect.
2. An idealized image of someone, formed in childhood and persisting in later life.
Etymology: From Latin imago (image). Ultimately from the Indo-European root aim- (copy), which also gave us emulate, imitate, image, imagine, and emulous. Earliest documented use: 1787. Source: http://wordsmith.org/words/imago.html
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While watching the Mary Tyler Moore tribute, they used the word “eponymous” referring to her TV show, and I liked the sound of the word so I thought I’d share its meaning and origins with you.
Eponymous is an adjective meaning: 1. Of, relating to, or constituting an eponym, such as “The Mary Tyler Moore” Show.
2. Named after something else or deriving from an existing name or word: “Programs such as He-Man and Masters of the Universe … were all created with the explicit purpose of selling the eponymous toys to children”. Source: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/eponymous
Etymology notes: Eponymous comes from the Greek adjective epōnymos, which is itself from onyma, meaning “name.” “Onyma” has lent its name to a number of English words, including “synonymous,” “pseudonym,” and “anonymous.” Traditionally, an eponymous person or thing (i.e., an “eponym”) might be a mythical ancestor or totem believed to be the source of a clan’s name.
An angletwitch is an earthworm, the word originated in 14th century Merry Olde England from: Middle English angeltwicche, angeltwacche, from Old English angeltwæcce, angeltwicce, from angel hook + -twæcce, -twicce (from twiccian to pluck, catch hold of). Source: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/angletwitch
This word was found in the wonderful and often hilarious book: Weird and Wonderful Words, edited by Erin McKean
What weird and wonderful words do you have to share today? Please post them in the comments section with their meanings!!
Our word for today was found in a page in the Reader’s Digest: epeolatry, meaning, the worship of words.
Etymology: From Greek, epos (word) + -latry (worship).
The first citation of the word is from Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., in his 1860 book Professor at the Breakfast Table.
For another cool source for new words, visit: http://wordsmith.org/words/epeolatry.html
This word sounds like I made it up, but…. I didn’t. It came from a voter guide, regarding Prop. 58 on English proficiency in our schools.
Programmatic is an adjective, meaning:
- Of, relating to, or having a program.
- Following an overall plan or schedule: a step-by-step, programmatic approach to problem solving.
- from Music (Old French): resembling, or constituting program music.
Everyone has seen the character “&” and knows it means “and” but the origin of this tiny over-used symbol has a fascinating history.
The character can be traced back to the first century AD. It was originally a ligature of the letters E and T (“et” is Latin for the word “and”). But the word “ampersand” wasn’t added to dictionaries until 1837. The word was created as a slurred form of “and, per se and”, which was what the alphabet ended with when recited in English-speaking schools.
According to another reference, “The symbol (as it is known today) was designed by German typesetter Manfred Johann Amper in 1634 as an abbreviation for the German word “und”, which means “and” in English; hence the symbol was first known as “Amper’s ‘and’ “, which was eventually syncopated into “ampersand”, the term by which we know it today.”
How about them apples!