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10 June 2012 @ 09:46 pm
I love it when there is a solid string of words-of-the-day that are appealing. (*sigh* I know, NERD.)

nostrum, n.Pronunciation: Brit. /ˈnɒstrəm/,  U.S. /ˈnɑstr(ə)m/ Inflections:  Plural  nostra,  nostrums. Etymology: <  post-classical Latin nostrum, use as noun of classical Latin nostrum, neuter singular of noster our <  nōs, 1st person plural pronoun (see nosism n) + the comparative suffix also seen in other adj., pron., n., and adv.1
 1. a.  A quack remedy or patent medicine, esp. one prepared by the person recommending it. Also in extended use.
     b.  A recipe. Obs. rare
 2.  fig. A means or device for accomplishing something; a pet scheme or favourite remedy, esp. for bringing about some social or political reform or improvement.

incorrigible  \in-KOR-uh-juh-bul\  adjective
1 : incapable of being corrected, amended, or reformed
2 : not manageable : unruly
3 : unalterable, inveterate

Did you know?
"Incorrigible" has been part of English since the 14th century. Back then, it was used to describe people who were morally depraved, but now it is most often applied to people who merely have bad habits. Is there a "corrigible?" Yes, indeed, we've used "corrigible" in the sense of "capable of being set right; reparable" (as in "a corrigible defect" and "a corrigible sinner") since the 15th century. Both words are from Latin "corrigere," which means "to correct" and which is also the source of our word "correct."

verjuice  \VER-jooss\  noun
: the sour juice of crab apples or of unripe fruit; also : an acid liquor made from verjuice

Did you know?
These days, verjuice is typically a tart, pale juice pressed from unripe white grapes, ideal for use in sauces and salad dressings. Verjuice has been around for centuries and is used in Dijon mustard, but the word (a descendant of Anglo-French "vert," meaning "green," and "jous," meaning "juice") has become somewhat uncommon — especially in American English — since its heyday in the early 19th century. (It's a bit more common in Australia.) In the past "verjuice" was also used with the meaning "acidity of disposition or manner" — a meaning hinted at in our first quote — but that sense is now only rarely encountered.

doh, int.Pronunciation: Brit. /dəʊ/,  U.S. /doʊ/Forms:  19– d'oh,   19– doh,   19– dooh. Etymology:Imitative. Compare oh int., duh int.
Popularized by the American actor Dan Castellaneta who provides the voice for the character Homer Simpson in the U.S. cartoon series The Simpsons. Although the word appears (in the form D'oh) in numerous publications based on The Simpsons, the scripts themselves simply specify annoyed grunt (as did the very earliest). Unofficial transcripts of the programme suggest the first spoken use was in a short episode, Punching Bag, broadcast on 27 Nov. 1988 as part of The Tracey Ullman Show. Its earliest occurrence in the full-length series was in the first episode Simpsons roasting on an Open Fire, broadcast on 17 Dec. 1989.
 colloq.  Expressing frustration at the realization that things have turned out badly or not as planned, or that one has just said or done something foolish. Also (usu. mildly derogatory): implying that another person has said or done something foolish (cf. duh int.).

Current Mood: pleasedpleased
arebekah: Malificent 2arebekah on June 11th, 2012 04:00 am (UTC)
Ooooh, fun!