Thursday, 31 May 2007

Word of the day

Here's some odd words, from Catherine. No real lessons to be learned, just a demonstration that as new words arise, old words fade away. Bumbershoot (1896) is a self-consciously quaint synonym for umbrella, now much better known as the name of the annual Seattle festival of the arts and music. Copasetic (or copacetic)(1919) is another American word, meaning fine, excellent, going just right. It has an equally contested etymology, and is particularly notable for having been used, correctly, by Buzz Aldrin or one of the other guys on the Moon. Both words are used in what Wikipedia describes as "character dialogue." Have a copasetic day.

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