I never realised that this word had such negative connotations. I always thought it indicated a large amount, but not necessarily to excess. I'll have to be more careful about using it in the future.adulationServile flattery or homage; exaggerated and hypocritical praise to which the bestower consciously stoops.
Next time roll is called, you can impress everyone with your Latin.adsum‘I am here’, as an answer in a roll-call, etc.
I was noodling around with the Play Index and did a search for batters who hit 20 or more HRs in their first season in the bigs, but restricted it to players who debuted at age 30 or older. I figured there couldn't be too many since anyone capable of hitting 20 HRs at the … Continue reading Old Rookies
I found an interesting baseball game where Nolan Ryan pitched 8 innings without giving up an earned run, struck out 11 and still lost the game 1-0. Interesting as that is by itself, the run was scored in the fourth inning when, after walking the first batter, Ryan managed to pick him off but an … Continue reading Baseball
Okay, so I don't have a post for today up yet, but that's okay. It will be here later this evening. But now I have posts for all the days I missed and I'm gonna put them in just a minute. I will endeavor not to fall so far behind again. Apologies and all that.
It is unusual and probably used infrequently, but it would be considered modern and correct to use it, even if perhaps a bit technical. There is another word which means the opposite which is just as fun. We won't get to that (if ever) for years and years though. And it's our first geographical word. … Continue reading Okay, okay, this one isn’t out of use.
I chose this one, another simple, obsolete word, because it derives from a cognate with a Gothic word that means "to perform military service". I thought that was interesting in light of this word's meaning. adree, v. Obs. 1. To carry on, practise, pass (life, time, etc.). Only in OE. 2. To bear, endure, or … Continue reading That sounds about right.
New poll up. Question is, as of this writing, "Oops... Polls are currently not available, please come back later." Nrrrr.... Stupid Blogger!
I had speculated that words with references as recent as the 19 century would not be considered obsolete or archaic because of their use within about 200 years of the modern day. This word blows that theory right out of the water. The most recent reference is from 1870, so there must be some other … Continue reading My theory bites the dust.
But worth bringing back. Not that anyone would be familiar with it when you used in conversation. The OED's only reference to it is c. 1450. Don't let that stop you though.adoyle, adv.Obs. rareAskew, awry.