Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Words of the Day

Nefarious:
extremely wicked or villainous.

The word originated between 1595 - 1605 and was used to describe as against divine or moral law. And apparently a synonym is flagitious.

Flagitious:
shamefully wicked, as persons, actions, or times.

This gem of a word originated way back between 1350 - 1400. Geez, those middle-age folks really knew how to have a verbal throw down!

I came across Nefarious while reading an article on Facebook security/privacy changes and it lead me to Flagitious, which I thought was too good of a word not to share.

"God, you're being ssssoooooo flagitious right now!"....or something like that.

Oh and in addition to these fantastic words, apparently every year for the last 15 years the University of Lake Superior in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan (who knew there were two Saults?!) releases a list of words that should be banded in the new year for being overused or just plain obnoxious in the previous year. Their list of words that should be banded in 2010 are:

shovel-ready,
in these economic times,
stimulus,
toxic assets,
too big to fail,
transparent/transparency,
czar,
tweet,
app,
sexting,
friend (as a verb),
teachable moment,
bromance,
chillaxin’,
Obama-prefix words (such as Obamanomics)

I have to say I agree with all of these picks and would have also added socialists/socialism to the list because that term has been so compulsively misused by America’s right (ie: Fox “News” and the GOP) that every time I hear it I want to slap the user with a 2x4. Just saying.

Anyhooooo, I will be posting in the next day or two all my photos from Hawaii and Christmas - be forewarned, it is going to be a very lllllllllllooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnngggggggggg post!

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