Word Of The Day 6-30-2017




‘Incapable of being lost

Not destructible.


Perhaps a night outdoors will teach you who’s master in this house, you imperdent, shameless girl!
“The Story Of Waitstill Baxter” by By Kate Douglas Wiggin
I’d shoot myself for the imperdence of the thing if I was goin’ to get well again, but I ain’t.
“Romance of California Life” by John Habberton
I misplaced my remembrall one too many times, so my mum cast a spell on it so it’s imperdible!! Now if only I could remember what that means.


im- (not) + Latin perdere (to destroy).



Quote For The Day 6-30-2017

The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt whether one may not be going to prove one’s self a fool; the truest heroism is, to resist the doubt; and the profoundest wisdom, to know when it ought to be resisted, and when to be obeyed.

NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, The Blithedale Romance


Word Of The Day 6-29-2017


in·ter·dig·i·tate \ˌin-tər-ˈdi-jə-ˌtāt\
Popularity: Top 40% of words




to become interlocked like the fingers of folded hands


Linguistic history is so much harder for two primary reasons. First, branches can reconnect, interweave, interdigitate, borrow from and filter through one another.

Stephen Jay Gould, “Talk Gets Around,” New York Times, December 11, 1988

there are times when their feelings become too much for them. Then, if the occasion is too formal for unrestrained shrieks, they silently interdigitate.

Ian Hay, The Right Stuff, 1910

Did You Know?

“Interdigitate” usually suggests an interlocking of things with finger-like projections, such as muscle fibers or the teeth of an old-fashioned bear trap. The word can also be used figuratively to imply a smooth interweaving of disparate things, such as the blending of two cultures within a shared region.


Interdigitate is a derivative of the Latin noun digitus, most commonly meaning is “finger” and secondarily “toe” and finally, as a measure of length, “the breadth of a finger, inch.” The Latin noun derives from the Proto-Indo-Europeanroot (and its variants) deik-, doik-, dik- (also deig-, doig-, dig-) “to point, point out, show.” One of the Germanic derivatives of doik- is taih(wō), which in Old English develops into tahe and then , whence Modern English “toe,” except that human beings cannot interdigitate with their toes. Interdigitate entered English in the 19th century.



Word of the Day 6-28-2017



pan·dic·u·la·tion \pan-ˌdik-yə-ˈlā-shən\


A stretching and stiffening of the trunk and extremities, as when fatigued and drowsy or on waking, often accompanied by yawning.


His shoulders hunched, his legs stretched to their toes, he made claws of his fingers in his hands—a fierce pandiculation of his limbs.-At Swim, Two Boys

Imagine Kenneth Williams nasally saying the word, bursting with double entendre: “Oh yes, the first thing I do when I wake up is enjoy a prolonged pandiculation.” —Telegraph.co.uk – Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

The pleasure we receive from a melodious succession of notes referable to the gamut is derived from another source, viz. to the pandiculation or counteraction of antagonist fibres. — Zoonomia, Vol. I Or, the Laws of Organic Life

From these experiments there is reason to conclude, that the fatigued part of the retina throws itself into a contrary mode of action, like oscitation or pandiculation, as soon as the stimulus which has fatigued it is withdrawn; and that it still remains sensible, that is, liable to be excited into action by any other colours at the same time, except the colour with which it has been fatigued. — Zoonomia, Vol. I Or, the Laws of Organic Life

From those experiments there is reason to conclude that the fatigued part of the retina throws itself into a contrary mode of action like oscitation or pandiculation, as soon as the stimulus, which has fatigued it, is withdrawn; but that it still remains liable to be excited into action by any other colours except the colour with which it has been fatigued. —Zoonomia, Vol. I Or, the Laws of Organic Life

Did You Know?

This is what happens when you wake up in the morning and stretch. As you stretch, your muscles might go rigid for a short time, which can sometimes be uncomfortable. It also describes that wonderful, or terrible, combination of being extremely sleepy, stretching and yawning at the same time. Animals are prone to pandiculation too, extending their paws in a stretch and yawning widely.


1640-50; < Latin pandiculāt(us) past participle of pandiculārī to stretch one self, derivative of pandere to stretch (see -ate1) + -ion