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Word of the Week: Oenophile

Yep, that’s right – the word if eonophile pronounced – EE-nuh-fyle

Sounds weird doesnt it – I thought so too…..but when I checked out Webster – I fell in love with the word…because …. it means….a lover or connoisseur of wine.  

It comes from the Latin borrowed from the Greek to create a combining form that means “wine,” oeno-. Modern French speakers combined oeno- with -phile (Greek for “lover of”) to create oenophile before we adopted it from them in the mid-1800s. Oenophiles are sure to know oenology(now more often spelled enology) as the science of wine making andoenologist (now more often enologist) for one versed in oenology.

This calls for a glass of wine….enjoy the weekend…..

Word of the week – hypocorism

Webster defines it as a “pet name” or “use of pet names”……..

Interesting and unknown….now how many people knew this?

It evolved from the Greek verb hypokorizesthai (“to call by pet names”), which itself comes from korizesthai (“to caress”). Hypocorism joined the English language in the mid-19th century and was once briefly a buzzword among linguists, who used it rather broadly to mean “adult baby talk”—that is, the altered speech adults use when supposedly imitating babies. Once the baby talk issue faded, hypocorism settled back into being just a fancy word for a pet name. Pet names can be diminutives like “Johnny” for “John,” endearing terms such as “honey-bunch,” or, yes, names from baby talk, like “Nana” for “Grandma.”


Do you have a hypocorism?  

Word of the Week: Kith

According to Merriam Webster Dictionary:

Definition: Familiar friends, neighbors or relatives.



Kith has had many meanings over the years. In its earliest uses it referred to knowledge of something, but that meaning died out in the 1400s. Another sense, “one’s native land,” had come and gone by the early 1500s. The sense “friends, fellow countrymen, or neighbors” developed before the 12th century and was sometimes used as a synonym of kinsfolk. That last sense got kithinto hot water after people began using the word in the alliterative phrase “kith and kin.” Over the years, usage commentators have complained that kithmeans the same thing as kin, so “kith and kin” is redundant. Clearly, they have overlooked some other historical definitions, but if you want to avoid redundancy charges, be sure to include friends as well as relatives among your “kith and kin.”

Word of the Week: Misanthrope

Definition: a person who hates or mistrusts humankind…..

When I first came along this word my first thought was of all the bombings and killings going on all over the world.  People who hate people and find the need to kill innocent human beings.  It is a word that I would use to describe these kinds of people.

But after looking into the meaning of this word….as per Merriam Webster Dictionary

The word misanthrope is human to the core—literally. One of its parents is the Greek noun anthrōpos, meaning “human being.” Its other parent is the Greek verb misein, meaning “to hate.” Misein also gave English misogamy (“a hatred of marriage”), misogyny (“hatred of women”), misology (“a hatred of argument, reasoning, or enlightenment”), and misoneism (“a hatred, fear, or intolerance of innovation or change”). Anthrōpos also joined forces with phil- (a combining form meaning “loving”) to form the Greek ancestor of philanthropy (“active effort to help other people”). We also find anthrōpos when we delve into the foundations of the word anthropology.


and an example: 

“Many feared that we would become asocial creatures, misanthropes who would rather hide behind the safety of a screen than face the intimacy of a spoken conversation.”

— Jenna Wortham, The New York Times, 22 May 2016

I have come to realize that it is more suitable for someone who is asocial and would rather be a wall flower and not communicate with others – but then again these are also people who keep things inside of them and let the hatred grow until it has no more room to grow and finally explodes – so does the word describe both the wallflower and the psychopath?  What do you think?

Word of the Week – discombobulated

Definition: disconcert or confuse (someone)


I used this word with my grandson and completely confused him….lol  I tried to explain it and he looked even more complexed than ever.  He informed me that this was a funny word….and after some thought I wonder why you would use it – it is simpler to say “He is confused” 



I try not to use “big” words, especially around the kids…it means too much explaining to them and they really dont care.  I dont think I have ever used this word not even in a paper I was writing.  The reason it even came up was because it was used with my grandson while we were watching Spiderman.  And I still dont know why I used it.  


Have you ever used “big” words that you had to explain to someone?  And what were they?  Do we have to use these words?  because the simple words do the same thing…..think about it!