Not easy to tell, it seems. This may be a word, but it is uncertain. Though the inclination of the OED is against it, they still do not list it as a spurious word, though I will tag it thus because of the possibility.acremeObs.[An entry copied from Dict. to Dict. since 17th c.; its source … Continue reading Word, or not?
Month: May 2007
You must be out of your mind.
An interesting word, though I don't think occasions to use it would occur very frequently.acrasia, n.²Philos.The state of mind in which one acts against one's better judgement; weakness of will, ‘incontinence’. (Used esp. with reference to Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics VII.)
I fell behind there a bit over the past week or so. I plead illness. And reader indifference. No one comments, few read, so I figured it would be little missed if I took a brief hiatus. On the other hand, I hate to miss days, so I've caught myself up with some backdating. Enjoy.
Never an easy word for me to spell.
Though I do find this word to be particularly euphonious, I have always had trouble remembering how to spell it, which means it finds its way into what I write only infrequently.acquiesce, v.1. intr. To remain at rest, either physically or mentally; to rest satisfied (in a place or state). Obs.b. To acquiesce from: To … Continue reading Never an easy word for me to spell.
‘Tis a far, far better word…
It's always fun to see the OED venture an opinion on what should have happened instead of what has happened.acquaintantObs.= ACQUAINTANCE 3; by which it has now been disadvantageously superseded; there has perhaps been some confusion between the pl. acquaintants, -ans, and the collective acquaintance.
Billy! Go get me my hearin’ machine!
What a great name for a hearing aid. Would that they still named things this way.acousticonAn instrument for helping the deaf to hear.
Who knew there was a word for this? But it does need a word.acnestisThat part of the back between the shoulder-blade and the loins which an animal cannot reach to scratch.
Could it apply elsewhere?
I wonder if this word could also be applied to things other than the magnetic equator? I don't see why not.aclinic, a.Without inclination. Applied to the magnetic equator, or line surrounding the earth and cutting the terrestrial equator, on which the magnetic needle has no dip but lies horizontal.
Which what now?
The first proper noun, I do believe, that I have chosen so far. I'm not sure I quite grasp the principle, but it sounds good to me.Ackermann, n.[The name of Rudolph Ackermann (1764-1834), German-born coach-builder and publisher.]Used attrib. with reference to steering systems designed in accordance with the principle (the Ackermann principle) that in order … Continue reading Which what now?
Under the weather.
Was down with a cold.Still feeling poorly today.I hate being sick.