Word of the Day – Machree

By July 14, 2018Word of the Day
book of the month

Machree (noun) (Irish/Scots)

ma’k-ree

As a form of address: my dear. Now chiefly in “Mother Machree”, expressing (usually ironically) a stereotyped conception of Celtic or Irish identity.

Late 17th century; earliest use found in Irish Hudibras. From Irish mo chroí (Scottish Gaelic mo chridhe) my heart, my beloved from mo my + croí (Scottish Gaelic cridhe) heart from Early Irish cride heart, cognate with heart [interjection, adverb].

Example sentences

“Now Mother Machree, we know you love it when all your babies are back in the nest and visiting home.”

Word of the Day – Zeitgeber

| Word of the Day | No Comments
Zeitgaber (noun) zait-gay-ber A rhythmically occurring natural phenomenon which acts as a cue in the regulation of the body's circadian rhythms. 1950s: from German Zeitgeber, from Zeit ‘time’ + Geber…

Word of the Day – Plosive

| Word of the Day | No Comments
Plosive (adj) plo-siv Denoting a consonant that is produced by stopping the airflow using the lips, teeth, or palate, followed by a sudden release of air. Late 19th century: shortening…

Word of the Day – Repudiation

| Word of the Day | No Comments
Repudiation (noun) rep-oo-dee-ay-shun Rejection of a proposal or idea. (more…)

Word of the Day – Apprise

| Word of the Day | No Comments
Apprise (verb) ap-raiz Inform or tell (someone) Late 17th century: from French appris, apprise, past participle of apprendre ‘learn, teach’, from Latin apprehendere (see apprehend). (more…)

Word of the Day – Uphap

| Word of the Day | No Comments
Uphap (adverb) (archaic) up-hap Perhaps, possibly Medieval English (more…)

Word of the Day – Gonzo

| Word of the Day | No Comments
Gonzo (adj) gon-zow Relating to or denoting journalism of an exaggerated, subjective, and fictionalized style. Bizarre or crazy. 1970s: perhaps from Italian gonzo ‘foolish’ or Spanish ganso ‘goose, fool’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Obsequience

| Word of the Day | No Comments
Obsequience (noun) ob-see-kwee-ans Compliance, obsequiousness, deference. Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Samuel Maunder (1785–1849), compiler of reference works. Probably from classical Latin obsequentia obsequence, remodelled after obsequious. Compare…

Word of the Day – Refect

| Word of the Day | No Comments
Refect (verb) (archaic) ree-fekt To refresh (another, oneself), especially with food or drink; to restore from weariness or fatigue. Late 15th century; earliest use found in Hary (c1440–c1492), poet. From…

Word of the Day – Decoct

| Word of the Day | No Comments
Decoct (verb) dee-kokt Extract the essence from (something) by heating or boiling it. Late Middle English (in the sense ‘cook, heat up’): from Latin decoct- ‘boiled down’, from the verb…

Leave a Reply