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!”
Ok, for those of you who have never heard the phrase, hunky-dory is an adjective that means “about as well as one could wish or expect; satisfactory; fine; OK” according to the Dictionary.com website post at (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/hunky-dory).
However, its origins are shrouded in the mists of time, from around 1866 to be exact. It’s an American English phrase (popularized c.1870 by a Christy Minstrel song), perhaps a reduplication of hunkey, meaning “all right, satisfactory” (1861), from hunk “in a safe position” (1847) New York City slang, from Dutch honk “goal, home,” from Middle Dutch honc “place of refuge, hiding place.”
No one has a clue where “dory” came from!
Sometimes it’s easy to forget which word we want to use, whether it should be dessert or desert.
I like using mnemonic devices to keep things straight. A mnemonic device is a mind, memory or learning aid.
For example, dessert is something sweet you can eat, whereas the desert is a place that is hot during the day.
In order to remember which to use, just think: “I’d like to have a second helping of dessert” (use two “ss” instead of one), whereas “I’m staying in the desert for only one day because it’s too hot here” (use only one “s”).
Do you have any other mnemonic devices you like to employ to remind yourself which word to use? Enlighten us!
I saw a man wearing this T-shirt today and think it’s a new word that should be added to our daily lexicon…
Eracism- to nullify the effects of prejudism and racism in society.
I introduced myself to the man and his wife and complimented him on a t-shirt that was not only witty but had positive social commentary on it. He responded that he wears the shirt for just that reason, to encourage people to communicate and participate in the message.
Although I don’t usually like t-shirts with writing on them (because I don’t want to be a walking advertisement for a product or service), I did approve of this one.
It can be found for sale with a few other items on the National Civil Rights Museum’s website based in Memphis, Tennessee.
To a better day and a better way of living it,
I received this from VocabVitamins.com and found a new meaning to a word I was already familiar with…what a treat!
haggard (adjective, noun) [HAG-ahrd]
1. showing the wearing effects of overwork or suffering: “Her face was haggard from worry and lack of sleep.”
2. wild or unruly in appearance
3. (as in falconry) unmanageable
4. (as in falconry) a captured wild adult hawk
adverb form: haggardly
additional noun form: haggardness
Approximately 1567; from Old French, ‘faulcon hagard’: wild falcon, literally, falcon of the woods; from Middle High German, ‘hag’: hedge, copse, wood.
So a “hag” is an old woman of the wood!
Share your word treasures here…………….Huzzah!
Wordmeisters,not only is this a cool sounding word (notice how it just rolls off one’s tongue) it has an interesting message for us all.
amelioration (noun) [ah-meel’-yah-RAY-shahn]
1. the act of relieving ills and changing for the better
2. an improvement: “Tom is convinced that no amelioration of human suffering has occurred in the last two thousand years.”
Origin: Approximately 1659; from Old French, ‘ameillorer’ (‘a’: to + ‘mellior’: to better, from Late Latin, ‘meliorare’: to improve, from Latin, ‘melior’: to better).
“Biological diversity is the source of critical resources such as food, fiber and medicines essential to human well-being. In Colorado alone, biodiversity contributes significantly to the recreational economy and enjoyment of the outdoors by residents and visitors alike. Properly functioning ecosystems play essential roles such as nutrient cycling, detoxification of wastes, amelioration of climate extremes and maintenance of the hydrological cycle.”
Philip Cafaro, Barry R. Noon and Holmes Roston III. “Perspective: Preserving our biological diversity,” The Denver Post (February 26, 2006).
—– Now it’s your turn to share the cool, intriguing words you’ve run across this week!
I’ve been reading “The Young Folks Shelf of Books”, a ten book set of fairy tales, folk tales and myths from around the world, written by various authors. The book I’m reading now has folk tales from Russia and I ran into the word “versts”, and had to share!
verst (noun ) meaning an obsolete Russian unit of distance equal to 0.6629 mile (1.067 kilometers) or 500 sazhen long, which makes a verst equal to 3500 feet!
Etymology: used since 1555, French verste & German Werst; both from Russian versta; akin to Latin vertere= to turn
Sample sentence: “I’d hate to walk a verst in his shoes!”
Feel free to share your new, weird words with me!