Word of the Day – Crapulent

By May 15, 2017Word of the Day

Crapulent (adj) (literary)

crap-yu-lent

Relating to the drinking of alcohol or drunkenness.

Mid 17th century: from late Latin crapulentus ‘very drunk’, from Latin crapula ‘inebriation’, from Greek kraipalē ‘drunken headache’.

Example sentences

“The crapulent idiot wouldn’t let me pass him by without comment.”

Word of the Day – Shibboleth

By | Word of the Day | No Comments

Shibboleth (noun)

shib-oh-leth

A custom, principle, or belief distinguishing a particular class or group of people, especially a long-standing one regarded as outmoded or no longer important.

Mid 17th century: from Hebrew šibbōleṯ ‘ear of corn’, used as a test of nationality by its difficult pronunciation (Judg. 12:6).

Read More

Word of the Day – Symposium

By | Word of the Day | No Comments

Symposium (noun)

sim-poe-zee-um

A conference or meeting to discuss a particular subject./ A collection of essays or papers on a particular subject by a number of contributors.

Late 16th century (denoting a drinking party): via Latin from Greek sumposion, from sumpotēs ‘fellow drinker’, from sun- ‘together’ + potēs ‘drinker’.

Read More

Leave a Reply