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Word Of The Day: Tortuous

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tortuous – 1) Having many twists, bends or turns; winding 2) Crooked or tricky; involved or complex

  • The road over the mountains was long and dangerously tortuous.

A labyrinth is a tortuous maze.  The first was built as a prison for the monstrous Minotaur, half bull and half man; only by holding one end of a thread was the heroic Theseus able to enter and slay the Minotaur and then exit. A tortuous problem, a tortuous history, and the tortuous path of a bill through Congress all have many unexpected twists and turns; a tortuous explanation or argument may be too crooked for its own good. (Don’t confuse tortuous with torturous, which means “tortured” or “painfully unpleasant” ; tortuous has nothing to do with torture.)

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Word Of The Day: Sophomoric

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sophomoric – overly impressed with one’s own knowledge, but in fact undereducated and immature

Sophomoric seems to include the roots soph-, “wise,” and moros, “fool,” so the contrast between wisdom and ignorance is built right into the word.  A high-school or college sophomore has delusions of wisdom-but only the seniors are truly wise, as we all know. Sophomoric behavior and sophomoric jokes are typical of those who have gotten a small taste of experience but think they have experienced a lot.

(I find this word quite appropriate …)

Word Of The Day: Neologism

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neologism – a new word, usage or expression

  • Such neologisms as cyberspace and virtual reality come from computer technology

Neologisms are appearing in English all the time, originating from a variety of sources.  Though –log means “word” and neo– means “new”, a neologism doesn’t have to be an entirely new word.  Rap, a very old word, was first used in the 1920s to mean “talk,” and in the 1970s to describe a new type of “talk music,” and each new use was also a neologism in its time.

(Information acquired by Merriam-Webster’s Vocabulary Builder)

Figure .. we could all use some help with fun words!  Enjoy mein lieblings!