Too good to pass up

One of those lovely nonsense-sounding words. Maybe even a Mr T word. "I pity the foo' who tries the old acamarackus on me!" Or, "Mr T don't fall for that old ackamarackus!"ackamarackusslang (orig. U.S.).In phr. the old ackamarackus: a tale or explanation that seeks to convince through deception; a ‘tall’ story, a hackneyed tale; nonsense, … Continue reading Too good to pass up

Before there was Alpha

there was Able. And Able was begat by:ackand vars., used for a in the oral transliteration of code messages and in telephone communications, as in ack emma, for a.m. = ante meridiem; air mechanic. See ACK-ACK, EMMA. In military use replaced by able in Dec. 1942.

Bits and Pieces

A blackberry is, apparently, actually many small berries in a cluster. I am not surprised, but I did not actually know that already.acinus1. A berry which grows in clusters, as grapes, currants, etc.; sometimes applied to the whole cluster. Obs.2. Bot. One of the small fleshy berries or drupes which make up such compound fruits … Continue reading Bits and Pieces

Aching addendum

Some more information about the altering of the conventional forms and pronunciation of the word "ache" is found in the etymology of the verb. Dr Johnson seems not to have been quite the infallible sage some think him to be.[Originally a strong vb. of same class as take, shake, but with weak inflections since 4. … Continue reading Aching addendum

Silly pickle

Today's word is one whose definition is wholly contained within the etymology.acharAnglo-Ind.Also atchaar, attjar, achiar. [a. Pers. āchār pickles, adopted in nearly all the vernaculars of India for acid or salt relishes, and extended by Europeans to pickles of every description. Mentioned by Garcia 1563. (Col. Yule.)]


Still having trouble with the Friday thing. Chill out. Relax. Chillax.achalasiaPath.Failure (of a muscle) to relax. Hence achalasic a., of an organ, etc., affected by achalasia.

Bitter Herbs

Kuzco: Hey, how about a side of potatoes, my buddy?Kronk: You got it. Want cheese on those potatoes?Yzma: Thank you, Kronk. Cheddar will be fine.Kronk: Cheddar spuds coming up.Kuzco: Spuds yes, cheese no.Kronk: Hold the cheese.Yzma: No, I want the cheese.Kronk: Cheese it is.Kuzco: Cheese me no "likee."Kronk: Cheese out.Yzma: Cheese in!Kronk: Ah, come on. … Continue reading Bitter Herbs