The Worldwide Weblog of Donald Pincher

by Joshua Gaskell

Tag: Latin

Saturday, 7th July 2018

Millennial, n.

Pronunciation: /mɪˈlɛnɪəl/
Etymology: < post-classical Latin millennium n. + -al suffix.

1. orig. U.S. A person reaching young adulthood around the year 2000.
2. Also in extended use: a young idiot.


Saturday, 30th May 2015

Option, n.

Pronunciation: /ˈɒpʃn/
Etymology: < classical Latin optiō action of choosing, choice, power of choosing.

1. Something that may be chosen from a range of things; an alternative, a choice.
2. In phrase vegetarian option, contronymous to sense 1, something that may not be chosen, because it is the only one of its kind; no alternative, no choice.

Any customer can have any meal that he wants so long as it is black bean.

Tuesday, 7th April 2015

Amazon, n.

Pronunciation: /ˈaməz(ə)n/
Etymology: < Latin Amazon < Greek Ἀμαζών

A race of female warriors alleged by Herodotus, etc. to exist in Scythia, an ancient tax haven.

Saturday, 17th January 2015

Internet, n.

Pronunciation: /ˈɪntənɛt/
Etymology: < Latin ‘he interns’, 3rd pers. sing. pres. of intern v., represented by -et suffix

The global computer network, a connection to which allows access to websites (inc. social media) and on which those interning at newspapers and magazines are grateful to work for free. Cf. In medias res, adj.

Friday, 14th November 2014

Progressive, n.

Pronunciation: /prəɡˈrɛsɪv/
Etymology: < post-classical Latin progressivus capable of or relating to forward motion.

1. A person holding progressive, avant-garde, or liberal views; an advocate or supporter of political progress or reform. Now hist.
2. Polit. Contronymous to sense 1: A person holding conservative, old-fashioned, or anti-neoliberal views; a critic or opponent of political relapse or ‘reform’. Cf. Conservative, n. sense 1.

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