Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Today's five new words

arduous
Pronunciation: 'är-j&-w&s, -dyu-w&s
Function: adjective
Etymology: Latin arduus high, steep, difficult; akin to Old Irish ard high
1 a : hard to accomplish or achieve : DIFFICULT b : marked by great labor or effort : STRENUOUS
2 : hard to climb : STEEP


jurisprudence
Pronunciation: "jur-es-'prü-den(t)s
Function: noun
1 a : a system or body of law b : the course of court decisions
2 : the science or philosophy of law
3 : a department of law


bedlam
Pronunciation: 'bed-l&m
Function: noun
Etymology: Bedlam, popular name for the Hospital of Saint Mary of Bethlehem, London, an insane asylum, from Middle English Bedlem Bethlehem
1 obsolete : MADMAN, LUNATIC
2 :(often capitalized) a lunatic asylum
3 : a place, scene, or state of uproar and confusion


wane
Pronunciation: 'wAn
Function: intransitive verb
Inflected Form(s): waned; wan·ing
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English wanian; akin to Old High German wanOn to wane, Old English wan wanting, deficient, Latin vanus empty, vain
1 : to decrease in size, extent, or degree : DWINDLE: as a : to diminish in phase or intensity -- used chiefly of the moon b : to become less brilliant or powerful : DIM c : to flow out : EBB
2 : to fall gradually from power, prosperity, or influence


neigh
Pronunciation: 'nA
Function: intransitive verb
Etymology: Middle English neyen, from Old English hn[AE]gan; akin to Middle High German nEgen to neigh
: to make the prolonged cry of a horse


Ok... these are five new words, but I have to use them in sentences in my social life...today!
It is pretty difficult! or should I say, arduous?


my sources : Merriam-Webster, and my really old English-Greek dictionary (Oxford English-Greek Learner's dictionary)

3 Comments:

Blogger natasha said...

I always wanted to know what the meaning of James Blunt's album "Back to Bedlam" is ... now I know. Thanks.

Very intersting. I find the fact that some words also have German roots rather surprising, because I can't think of any German word that sounds similar.

Keep us updated on how you use the words in social life!!! I'm really curious how you will use "neigh" in a normal conversation.

08 March, 2006 14:58  
Blogger *Little Angel* said...

Its a really demanding and arduous job to work in a horse stable. Apart from the constant care the horses need they neigh without a reason! Trust me, its a bedlam in there! Maybe it has something to do with the moon..When theres full moon they act weird but as it wanes everything goes back to normal....
Oops the phone is ringing! Its the justices' jurisprudence chief! You see his horse is sick...gotta go now!


lol :) *awaits for the next 5 words*

09 March, 2006 14:46  
Blogger Memento aka a moment in life said...

nicely done, little devil!

Now I have to post five more ... to keep up with you... (sigh)

09 March, 2006 20:32  

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