Word of the Day – Folderol

By February 15, 2017Word of the Day

Folderol (noun)

fold-u-rol

Trivial or nonsensical fuss: A showy but useless item.

Originally used as a meaningless refrain in popular songs Charles Dickens used the term in his Sketches By Boz: “Smuggins, after a considerable quantity of coughing by way of symphony, and a most facetious sniff or two, which afford general delight, sings a comic song, with a fal-de-ral — tol-de-ral.”

Example sentences

“No amount of folderol, flummery or flattery makes it easier to swallow.”

“That kind of folderol is enough to make any reasonable person cringe.”

Word of the Day – Resipiscence

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Resipiscence (noun)

resi-pisns

Originally: repentance for misconduct; recognition of one’s past misdeeds or errors. Later also: the action or fact of coming to one’s senses, or of returning to a more acceptable opinion.

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Norton (d. 1584), lawyer and writer. From Middle French resipiscence (French résipiscence) action or fact of coming to one’s senses or of returning to a more acceptable opinion, repentance for misconduct or its etymon post-classical Latin resipiscentia repentance from classical Latin resipīscent-, resipīscēns, present participle of resipīscere to regain consciousness, to become sane again, to recover one’s reason, to come to one’s senses again, to see reason + -ia; compare -ence. Compare Spanish resipiscencia, Italian resipiscenza.

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Word of the Day – Macaronic

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Macaronic (adj)

mak-a-ron-ik

Denoting language, especially burlesque verse, containing words or inflections from one language introduced into the context of another.

Early 17th century (in the sense ‘characteristic of a jumble or medley’): from modern Latin macaronicus, from obsolete Italian macaronico, a humorous formation from macaroni (see macaroni).

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Veridical (adj)

ve-rid-ik-al

Truthful, honest, able to be verified, corresponding to facts.

What a great derivative from verify. I love this, I’m going to try and use it. It sounds really great when you say it too… veridical.

Example sentences

“He’s offering a service but I’m not sure if it’s veridical”

“Memories aren’t known to be particularly veridical.”

Word of the Day – Resipiscence

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Resipiscence (noun)

resi-pisns

Originally: repentance for misconduct; recognition of one’s past misdeeds or errors. Later also: the action or fact of coming to one’s senses, or of returning to a more acceptable opinion.

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Norton (d. 1584), lawyer and writer. From Middle French resipiscence (French résipiscence) action or fact of coming to one’s senses or of returning to a more acceptable opinion, repentance for misconduct or its etymon post-classical Latin resipiscentia repentance from classical Latin resipīscent-, resipīscēns, present participle of resipīscere to regain consciousness, to become sane again, to recover one’s reason, to come to one’s senses again, to see reason + -ia; compare -ence. Compare Spanish resipiscencia, Italian resipiscenza.

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Word of the Day – Macaronic

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Macaronic (adj)

mak-a-ron-ik

Denoting language, especially burlesque verse, containing words or inflections from one language introduced into the context of another.

Early 17th century (in the sense ‘characteristic of a jumble or medley’): from modern Latin macaronicus, from obsolete Italian macaronico, a humorous formation from macaroni (see macaroni).

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