Word of the Day

Pother

Mac Dictionary’s definition:

|ˈpäT͟Hər|
noun [ in sing. ] literary
a commotion or fuss: don’t make such a pother!
ORIGIN late 16th cent.: of unknown origin.

Do you make pothers?

Word of the Day

Lingo

Mac Dictionary’s definition:

|ˈliNGgō|

noun (pl. lingos or lingoes) informal, often humorous
a foreign language or local dialect: they were unable to speak a word of the local lingo.
• the vocabulary or jargon of a particular subject or group of people: fat, known in medical lingo as adipose tissue.

ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: probably via Portuguese lingoa from Latin lingua ‘tongue.’

What’s your lingo?

Word of the Day

Pseudonym

Mac Dictionary’s definition:

|ˈso͞odn-im|

noun
a fictitious name, esp. one used by an author.

DERIVATIVES
pseudonymity |ˌso͞odnˈimətē| noun

ORIGIN early 19th cent.: from French pseudonyme, from Greek pseudōnymos, from pseudēs ‘false’ + onuma ‘name.’

What’s your pseudonym?

Word of the Day

Pinch

Mac Dictionary’s definition:

|pinCH|

verb [ with obj. ]
1 grip (something, typically someone’s flesh) tightly and sharply between finger and thumb: she pinched his cheek.
• (of a shoe) hurt (a foot) by being too tight.
• compress (the lips), esp. with worry or tension: Aunt Rose pinched her thin lips together.
• remove (a bud, leaves, etc.) to encourage bushy growth.
2 [ no obj. ] live in a frugal way: if I pinch and scrape, I might manage.
3 informal arrest (someone): I was pinched for speeding.
• informal steal: he pinched a handful of candies.
4 Sailing sail (a boat) so close to the wind that the sails begin to lose power.

noun
1 an act of gripping the skin of someone’s body between finger and thumb: he gave her a gentle pinch.
• an amount of an ingredient that can be held between fingers and thumb: add a pinch of salt.
2 informal an arrest.
• an act of theft or plagiarism.

PHRASES
in a pinch in a critical situation; if absolutely necessary.
feel the pinch experience hardship, esp. financial.
have to pinch oneself used to convey that a good situation is so surprising that the person involved has to make sure they are not imagining it: sometimes I have to pinch myself to realize it isn’t all a dream.
pinch (one’s) pennies see penny.

DERIVATIVES
pincher noun

ORIGIN Middle English (as a verb): from an Old Northern French variant of Old French pincier ‘to pinch.’

What was the last thing you added a pinch to?

Women Should Talk to Men

The Rufflovologist is back and this time he has a new topic but within the same subject: relationships.

I was on the bench today listening to these two women discuss their relationships with these two men they have been seeing. They were asking questions like how committed their men are. Apparently one of the girls thought that her friend’s man really liked her. Apparently Grahame (I’m guessing her ex) was a douchebag because he didn’t commit and was very hard to read. But the problem with listening to these women make guesses as to who their men are and if they are going to stay for the long hold was that the two men weren’t present on the bench as well.

You see, in a relationship you shouldn’t have to guess what the other is thinking and if you’re not sure you should ask and they should tell you or they should just straight up tell you without you even asking. But relationships these days seem to all be about confusion, distrust, and lust. And lust is not love but that’s a different topic.

So many relationships end because the couple couldn’t understand whom the other person was or maybe they did and they didn’t like it.

But the best way to understand a man or a woman is to talk to them. You see, with us men, we are very easy to understand if you ask the right questions. To us, women are the complex ones. But if your woman is unsure as to whom you are as a man, well, tell her. And if you think (this goes for women too) that your partner is unfaithful or you have doubts, you’re probably right.

Jason Bourne (not a relationship therapist) said that you should always go with your instincts and you should. But if you’re unsure of the situation, talk to your man and hopefully he’ll talk back.

The problem is, not many people are willing to be honest these days. Why can’t you just say, “Yes, I cheated”, “Yes, I’m never settling down”, “No, I don’t want kids,” etc., etc. Why is love a damn game of guessing? Yes, some of these statements may be harsh to your partner but they’re going to figure it out anyway and isn’t it better if you just tell them now rather than later? Then you don’t waste both of your time.

So women, talk to your man and men, talk to your woman. Because when you talk, the other listens. Usually.

Be honest love,

 

-The Rufflovologist

Word of the Day

Coup

Mac Dictionary’s definition:

 |ko͞o|

noun (pl. coups |ko͞oz| )
1 (also coup d’état)a sudden, violent, and illegal seizure of power from a government: he was overthrown in an army coup.
2 a notable or successful stroke or move: it was a major coup to get such a prestigious contract.
• an unusual or unexpected but successful tactic in card play.
3 a contusion caused by contact of the brain with the skull at the point of trauma. Compare with contrecoup.
4 historical (among North American Indians) an act of touching an armed enemy in battle as a deed of bravery, or an act of first touching an item of the enemy’s in order to claim it.

ORIGIN late 18th cent.: from French, from medieval Latin colpus ‘blow’ (see cope1) .

What coup have you made?

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Gloss

Mac Dictionary’s definition:

noun
1 shine or luster on a smooth surface: hair with a healthy gloss.
• (also gloss paint)a type of paint that dries to a bright shiny surface.
2 [ in sing. ] a superficially attractive appearance or impression: beneath the gloss of success was a tragic private life.
verb [ with obj. ]
1 apply a cosmetic gloss to.
• apply gloss paint to.
2 (gloss over) try to conceal or disguise (something embarrassing or unfavorable) by treating it briefly or representing it misleadingly: the social costs of this growth are glossed over.

DERIVATIVES
glosser noun

ORIGIN mid 16th cent.: of unknown origin.
gloss 2 |gläs|

noun
a translation or explanation of a word or phrase.
• an explanation, interpretation, or paraphrase: the chapter acts as a helpful gloss on Pynchon’s general method.
verb [ with obj. ] (usu. be glossed)
provide an explanation, interpretation, or paraphrase for (a text, word, etc.).
• [ no obj. ] (gloss on/upon) archaic write or make comments, esp. unfavorable ones, about (something): those laws, which they assumed the liberty of interpreting and glossing upon.

ORIGIN mid 16th cent.: alteration of the noun gloze, from Old French glose (see gloze), suggested by medieval Latin glossa ‘explanation of a difficult word,’ from Greek glōssa ‘word needing explanation, language, tongue.’

What kind of gloss do you use?

Word of the Day

Gullible

Mac Dictionary’s definition:

|ˈgələbəl|
adjective
easily persuaded to believe something; credulous: an attempt to persuade a gullible public to spend their money.
DERIVATIVES
gullibility |ˌgələˈbilitē| noun.
gullibly |-blē| adverb
ORIGIN early 19th cent.: from gull2 + -ible.

Did you know “gullible” is not a word in the dictionary?

Word of the Day

Other

Mac Dictionary’s definition:

|ˈəT͟Hər|

adjective& pronoun
1 used to refer to a person or thing that is different or distinct from one already mentioned or known about: [ as adj. ] : stick the camera on a tripod or some other means of support | other people found her difficult | [ as pronoun ] : a language unrelated to any other.
• the alternative of two: [ as adj. ] : the other side of the page | [ as pronoun ] : flinging up first one arm and then the other | one or the other of them is bound to be a liar.
• those remaining in a group; those not already mentioned: [ as adj. ] : they took the other three away in an ambulance | [ as pronoun ] : Fred set off and the others followed.
2 further; additional: [ as adj. ] : one other word of advice | [ as pronoun ] : reporting three stories and rewriting three others.
3 (the Other) [ pronoun ] Philosophy & Sociology that which is distinct from, different from, or opposite to something or oneself.
verb [ with obj. ]
view or treat (a person or group of people) as intrinsically different from and alien to oneself: a critique of the ways in which the elderly are othered by society.

PHRASES
no other archaic nothing else: we can do no other.
other than [ with negative or in questions ] apart from; except: he claims not to own anything other than his home. • differently or different from; otherwise than: there is no suggestion that we are to take this other than literally.
on the other hand see hand.
the other day (or night, week, etc.)a few days (or nights, weeks, etc.) ago.
someone (or something or somehow, etc.) or other some unspecified or unknown person, thing, manner, etc. (used to express vagueness or uncertainty): they were protesting about something or other.

ORIGIN Old English ōther, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German ander, from an Indo-European root meaning ‘different.’

Who’s your other?

Word of the Day

Partly

 |ˈpärtlē|

adverb
to some extent; not completely: the result is partly a matter of skill and partly of chance | you’re only partly right.

When was the last time you were only partly sure about something?