Tag Archives: word

Word Of The Day: Tortuous

hola amigos!

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.)

Advertisements

Word Of The Day: Sophomoric

Good morning mein lieblings!

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 …)