Vocab Day #15 — May 5, 2011
Vocab Day #14 — April 21, 2011
Vocab Day #13 — April 7, 2011

Vocab Day #13

For the next few weeks, vocab day posts every other week are all that will be posted on the blog.  I will be back some day.

tonsure (tahnshure)

noun:
a part of a monk’s or priest’s head left bare on top by shaving off the hair.
[in singular]: an act of shaving the top of a monk’s or priest’s head as a preparation for entering a religious order.

verb (transitive), often as adjective (tonsured)
shave the hair on the crown of

Vocab Day #12 — March 24, 2011
Vocab Day #11 — March 10, 2011
Vocab Day #10 — February 24, 2011
Vocab Day #9 — February 10, 2011

Vocab Day #9

risible |ˈrizəbəl|adjectivesuch as to provoke laughter a risible scene of lovemaking in a tent.• rare (of a person) having the faculty or power of laughing; inclined to laugh.DERIVATIVESrisibility |ˌrizəˈbilətē| nounrisibly |-blē| adverbORIGIN mid 16th cent. (in the sense [inclined to laughter] ): from late Latin risibilis, from Latin ris- ‘laughed,’ from the verb ridere.

Vocab Day #8 — January 27, 2011

Vocab Day #8

wen 1 |wen|nouna boil or other swelling or growth on the skin, esp. a sebaceous cyst.• archaic an outstandingly large or overcrowded city the great wen of London.ORIGIN Old English wen(n), of unknown origin; compare with Low German wehne ‘tumor, wart.’wen 2 (also wyn |win|)nounrunic letter, used in Old and Middle English, later replaced by w.ORIGIN Old English , literally [joy] ; so named because it is the first letter of this word. Compare with sense 3 of thorn and sense 2 of ash .

Vocab Day #7 — January 13, 2011

Vocab Day #7

spoor |spoŏr; spô(ə)r|nounthe track or scent of an animal they searched around the hut for a spoor the trail is marked by wolf spoor.verb [ trans. ]follow the track or scent of (an animal or person) taking the spear, he set off to spoor the man.DERIVATIVESspoorer nounORIGIN early 19th cent.: from Afrikaans, from Middle Dutch spor, ofGermanic origin.

Vocab Day #6 — December 30, 2010

Vocab Day #6

timber |ˈtimbər|nounwood prepared for use in building and carpentry the exploitation of forests for timber [as adj. a small timber building.• trees grown for such wood contracts to cut timber.• (usu. timbers) a wooden beam or board used in building a house, ship, or other structure.• [as exclam. used to warn that a tree is about to fall after being cutwe cried “Timber!” as our tree fell.• [usu. with adj. personal qualities or character, esp. as seen as suitable for a particular role she is frequently hailed as presidential timber.ORIGIN Old English in the sense [a building,] also [building material,]of Germanic origin; related to German Zimmer ‘room,’ from an Indo-European root meaning ‘build.’