Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.
I’ve decided to pick a topic that I have never done before and share with you ten of my favourite words.
There are certain things that make me like a word. I love words with Q’s, X’s and Z’s. Words which are fun to say is also something that could put a word on my favourite list. And also – when the meaning seems to fit the word even if you didn’t know the definition.
satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else’s misfortune.
1890–95; < German, equivalent to Schaden harm + Freude joy
existing or being everywhere, especially at the same time; omnipresent: ubiquitous fog; ubiquitous little ants.
Also, u·biq·ui·tar·y [yoo-bik-wi-ter-ee]
1830–40; ubiquit(y) + -ous
1. of or characteristic of a tyrant.
2. unjustly cruel, harsh, or severe; arbitrary or oppressive; despotic: a tyrannical ruler.
1530–40; < Latin tyrannic ( us ) (< Greek tyrannikós, equivalent to týrann ( os ) tyrant + -ikos -ic) + -al1
verb (used with object) Informal.
to bewilder; confound; confuse.
1830–40; origin uncertain
1. (of words or language) having little or no meaning;making little or no sense: A baby’s babbling isappealingly nonsensical.
2. (of behavior, conduct, actions, etc.) foolish, senseless, fatuous, or absurd: His nonsensical behaviorwas unusual for such a serious person.
3. objectionable, impudent, insubordinate: I refuse to listen to that nonsensical gossip.
4. of trifling importance or of little or no use: I’ve had more than enough of your nonsensical advice!
nonsense + -ical
1. an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.
2. good fortune; luck: the serendipity of getting the first job she applied for.
1754; Serendip + -ity; Horace Walpole so named a faculty possessed by the heroes of a fairy tale calledThe Three Princes of Serendip
1. a simple past tense and past participle of bespeak.
2. British .
a. (of clothes) made to individual order; custom-made: a bespoke jacket.
b. making or selling such clothes: a bespoke tailor.
3. Older Use. engaged to be married; spoken for.
1745–55 for def 2
adjective, moist·er, moist·est.
1. moderately or slightly wet; damp.
2. (of the eyes) tearful.
3. accompanied by or connected with liquid or moisture.
4. (of the air) having high humidity.
1325–75; Middle English moiste < Middle French; connected with Latin mūcidus mucid
1. Usually, shenanigans.
a. mischief; prankishness: Halloween shenanigans.
b. deceit; trickery.
2. a mischievous or deceitful trick, practice, etc.
1850–55, Americanism; of obscure origin
1. ( sometimes initial capital letter ) resembling or befitting Don Quixote.
2. extravagantly chivalrous or romantic; visionary, impractical, or impracticable.
3. impulsive and often rashly unpredictable.
1805–15; ( Don) Quixote + -ic