Word Of The Day 6-27-2017

wabbit   (Dialect, chiefly Scot)

(wah·bit)

Adjective


Definition

exhausted, out of breath, unable to function due to extreme tiredness.


Examples

Ah’m real wabbit the night – Ah think Ah’ll hit the sack afore midnight.

(Gosh I am tired – I shall have an early night.)


Did You Know?

A person who is wabbit is very likely to also be feeling crabbit (Ill tempered / grumpy / in a bad mood).

Crabbit tends to be associated with older people. Young people are arrogant and cheeky – older people are merely crabbit.

It is thus not advisable to make a habit of being wabbit or you’ll be in the habbit of being a crabbit wabbit.


 

Origin

C19: from earlier wobart withered, feeble


http://www.scottish.biz/Scottish/Scottish-Words-Top-10-Scotland.htm

Word Of The Day 6-26-2017

onfall

Popularity: Bottom 10% of words

Definition

A falling on or upon; an attack, onset, or assault.

A fall of rain or snow.

The fall of the evening.

To fall on or upon.

To assault.


Examples

Yet, while they were returning to the castle, he failed not to warn Sir Duncan Campbell against the great injury he might sustain by any sudden onfall of an enemy, whereby his horses, cattle, and granaries, might be cut off and consumed, to his great prejudice; wherefore he again strongly conjured him to construct a sconce upon the round hill called Drumsnab, and offered his own friendly services in lining out the same.
A Legend of Montrose

And now this is the last word: here is a horn of oliphant which thou shalt wear about thy neck, Birdalone; and if thou be sore bestead, or thy heart faileth thee, blow in it, yet not before the onfall; and then, whether thou blow much or little, thou shalt be well holpen.
The Water of the Wondrous Isles

For though he knew there would be many a brave onfall and stout bickering, yet, as Sir Lancelot had become the most valiant knight in all the island of Britain, the king had greatly desired that the knight should show how he excelled all the doughty warriors that would come from all parts.
King Arthur’s Knights The Tales Re-told for Boys & Girls


Origin

The word ‘onfall’ comes from “on-” +‎ “fall” and is cognate with Dutch ‘aanval’ (“an attack, assault”), German ‘Anfall’ (“an attack, seizure, fit”), and Swedish ‘anfall’ (“an attack, offensive, assault”).


http://www.wordnik.com/words/onfall

Word Of The Day 6-25-2017

Abibliophobia

Noun


Definition

someone who is afraid of running out of things to read.


Example

“…it seems rather ironic that the term abibliophobia appears to have been coined on the Web during the last three or four years. It would seem impossible for anyone with regular access to the Internet to be an abibliophobe (someone suffering from a fear of running out of reading material) or to become abibliophobic when more and more reading matter is available by the hour.”

http://www.macmillandictionary.com/buzzword/entries/abibliophobia.html


Origin

a- +‎ biblio +‎ -phobia

Quote For The Day 6-25-2017

“Heroes know that things must happen when it is time for them to happen. A quest may not simply be abandoned; unicorns may go unrescued for a long time, but not forever; a happy ending cannot come in the middle of the story.”
Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn