Word of the Every Other Day
[ hawrs – man-ing ]
, or fake beheading, takes its name from the Headless Horseman, a character from “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Sometimes spelled Horsemaning horsemanning, horsemaning was reportedly a popular way to pose in a photograph in the 1920’s.
According to the interwebs, the “first”
horsemaning photo on the left was discovered at a flea market. After its discovery, a few horsemaning photos began circulating on sites such as RandomlyHeard and others soon joined the creative movement. Horsemaning is experiencing currently a revival basically the next form of planking, owling and/or cone-ing. Check out our gallery which even includes some famous celebrities horsemaning!
[ chee-chiz-bey-oh or, older use, si-sis-bee-oh; Italian chee-cheez-be-oh ]
ci·cis·be·i [chee-chiz-bey-ee or, older use, si-sis-bee-ee; Italian chee-cheez-be-ee] . (esp. in Italy during the 17th and 18th centuries)
an escort or lover of a married woman.
Example of cicisbeo:
“Love was the great game; every woman had lovers, every married woman openly flaunted her cicisbeo or cavaliere servente.”
[ huhg-er-muhg-er ]
disorder or confusion; muddle.secrecy; reticence:
Why is there such hugger-mugger about the scheme?
secret or clandestine.disorderly or confused.
verb (used with object):
to keep secret or concealed; hush up.
[ uh-non ]
in a short time; soon.at another time.Archaic. at once; immediately.
ORIGIN OF ANON
before 1000; Middle English anon, anoon, Old English on āne in
one (course), i.e., straightaway
EXAMPLE FROM THE WEB FOR ANON
Anon you found yourself in a turfy wilderness, girt in apparently by dark woods.
WORDS RELATED TO ANON
afterward, again, directly, immediately, presently, shortly, soon, then, tomorrow
[ ap-i-tuh n-see ]
noun, plural ap·pe·ten·cies.
A longing or desire
ORIGIN OF APPETENCY
1620–30; < Latin appetentia a craving for, equivalent to appetent- (stem of appetēns, present participle of appetere; see
appetence) + -ia -ia; see -ency WORDS RELATED TO APPETENCY
longing, penchant, liking, urge, wish, hunger, drive, thirst, lust, yearning, appetence, appetite, craving, pining
[ wel-kin ]
noun Chiefly Literary.
the sky; the vault of heaven.
the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected
Example of use:
I was followed by Hocker in a like strain, and others chiming in, we made the
welkin ring from turret to foundation-stone.
[ vouch-seyf ]
“The flowers are beautiful, ” she said vouchsafingly.
verb (used with object), vouch·safed, vouch·saf·ing.
to grant or give, as by favor, graciousness, or condescension:to vouchsafe a reply to a question.to allow or permit, as by favor or graciousness:They vouchsafed his return to his own country.
verb (used without object), vouch·safed, vouch·saf·ing.
to condescend; deign.
WORDS RELATED TO VOUCHSAFE
give, grant, yield, concede, favor, bestow, condescend, award, deign
[ shrahyv ]
verb (used with object)
shrove or shrived, shriv·en or shrived, shriv·ing.
to impose penance on (a sinner).to grant absolution to (a penitent).to hear the confession of (a person).
verb (used without object)
shrove or shrived, shriv·en or shrived, shriv·ing. Archaic.
to hear confessions.to go to or make confession; confess one’s sins, as to a priest.
WORDS RELATED TO SHRIVE
purge, acquit, pardon, absolve, repent, forgive, atone, free
[ in-kahr-nuh-dahyn, -din, -deen ]
blood-red; crimson.flesh-colored; pale pink.
an incarnadine color.
verb: (used with object)
to make incarnadine.
WORDS RELATED TO INCARNADINE
glowing, rose-colored, crimson, blooming, cerise, claret, pink, tint, suffuse, mantle, color, rose, rouge, bloody, paint, rubric, flush, dye, rust, glow
[ fawr-sooth ]
(now used in derision or to express disbelief) in truth; in fact; indeed.
[ kuhz-uh n ]
verb (used with or without object)
to cheat, deceive, or trick.
WORDS RELATED TO COZEN
dupe, hoodwink, cheat, bilk, chisel, trick, beguile, bamboozle, gyp, swindle, defraud, con, flimflam, fraud
[ broot ]
verb (used with object)
to voice abroad; rumor (used chiefly in the passive and often followed by about):The report was bruited through the village.
Medicine/Medical. any generally abnormal sound or murmur heard on auscultation.Archaic. rumor; report.Archaic. noise; din; clamor.
WORDS RELATED TO BRUIT
noise, blazon, disseminate, whisper, promulgate, broadcast, spread, propagate, report, gossip, advertise, circulate
[ kuh-lij-uh-nuh s ]
It was a
caliginous and stormy night … Sure, that doesn’t quite have the same ring as “dark and stormy,” but it works. is an archaic adjective meaning: Caliginous
“misty, dim, dark.”
[ rek-wee-es-kaht, -kat ]
a wish or prayer for the repose of the dead.
Attrition [at·tri·tion] n.
1. A gradual, natural reduction in membership or personnel, as through retirement, resignation, or death. 2. A gradual diminution in number or strength. “The company’s
attrition rate was quite high.”
Prognosticate [prog·nos·ti·cate] v.
To predict according to present indications or signs; foretell. “The armchair quarterback tried to
prognosticate the play from his recliner.”
Apathetic [ap·a·thet·ic] adj.
1. Feeling or showing little or no emotion; unresponsive. 2. Feeling or showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent. “He seemed very
apathetic about the company’s closure.”
adj. 1. Quick and changeable in temperament; volatile: “His mercurial temperament made him difficult to work for.”
adj. Characterized by or subject to whim; impulsive and unpredictable. “He’s such a capricious boss I never know how he’ll react.”
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