1 March 2012


From "lassitudinem" - faintness or weariness.

Sounds to me more like Lassie fainting.


Comes from a discussion about whether or not the word comes from Venus: beauty love and desire. It does! I venerate the word Venerate!

29 January 2012


I find trying to write my essay is a dire task.

Dire means dreadful, terrible or disastrous.

1560s, from L. dirus "fearful, awful, boding ill," of unknown origin; perhaps from Oscan and Umbrian and perhaps cognate with Gk. deinos, from PIE base *dwei-.

8 January 2012


An habitual convict (i.e. a criminal who reoffends).
So encountered because it was used in Porridge S03E05 "A Test of Character"

re: Latin prefix to repeat
cadere - to fall back

This then became in French recidiviste, which is where the English word came from.

2 January 2012


I think it was this word in John Simpson's autobiography: "Strange Places, Questionable People". Its usual meaning is the navel - and refers to sacred conical stones at the centre of oracles. It can also be used to mean centre.

14 December 2011


I am the queen of procrastination!  If I have any work to do, you can be sure I will find at least 5 other things to do first even though they are nowhere near as important...

To procrastinate is to delay or put off til another day.


1540s, from L. procrastinationem "a putting off," noun of action from procrastinare "put off till tomorrow," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + crastinus "belonging to tomorrow," from cras "tomorrow," of unknown origin.


To firmly stick together to form a mass.

Encountered due to French coursework, where apparently "agglutinés" is a known, well-used word.

ad-: Latin prefix "to"
glutinare: Latin "to glue"
-ate: Latin suffix which makes an adjective.

12 December 2011


Once every 5 years. Came across this delightful word whilst reading the hilarious, yet disturbingly accurate (at least according to Edward Behr) Scoop by Evelyn Waugh.

Latin quinque: five,
Latin anneial: yearly.

9 December 2011


I came across this word while looking in the dictionary for another word.  This is one of the reasons why I enjoy reading the dictionary, I get introduced to new words :-)

Opsimathy means the process of acquiring information late in life.

1650s, from Gk. opsimathia "learning late in life," from opse "late" (related to opiso "backward" + opisthen "behind") + manthanein "to learn."