Wordly Wise Wednesday | Just the Words

Hi all,

I’m kind of cheating with today’s WWW, only because I haven’t been feeling great recently. My head’s a little groggy and my ability to write stories is…questionable. So today I’ve chosen three words to share. Feel free to write a story with them, if inspiration strikes and just send me a link if you do so I can check it out 🙂


Nimrod

n. (NIM-rahd)

  1. Hunter
  2. Idiot; jerk

Etymology

“Great hunter,” 1712, a reference to the biblical son of Cush, referred to (Gen. x:8-9) as “a mighty hunter before the Lord.”

It came to mean “geek, klutz” by 1983 in teenager slang, for unknown reasons. (Amateur theories include its occasional use in “Bugs Bunny” cartoon episodes featuring rabbit-hunting Elmer Fudd as a foil; its possible ironic use, among hunters, for a clumsy member of their fraternity; or a stereotype of deer hunters by the non-hunting population in the U.S.)


Marmoreal

adj. (mahr-MOR-ee-ul)

  1. Of, relating to, or suggestive of marble or a marble statue especially in coldness or aloofness

Etymology

“Resembling marble,” 1798, from Latin marmoreus “of marble,” from Latin marmor, from Greek marmaros “marble, gleaming stone,” of unknown origin, perhaps originally an adjective meaning “sparkling,” which would connect it with marmairein “to shine.

  • -al suffix forming adjectives from nouns or other adjectives, “of, like, related to, pertaining to,” Middle English -al, -el, from French or directly from Latin -alis

Williwaw

n. (WILL-ih-waw)

  1. a sudden violent gust of cold land air common along mountainous coasts of high latitudes OR a sudden violent wind
  2. a violent commotion

Etymology

In 1900, Captain Joshua Slocum described williwaws as “compressed gales of wind … that Boreas handed down over the hills in chunks.” To unsuspecting sailors or pilots, such winds might seem to come out of nowhere—just like word williwaw did some 170 years ago. All anyone knows about the origin of the word is that it was first used by writers in the mid-1800s to name fierce winds in the Strait of Magellan at the southern tip of South America. The writers were British, and indications are that they may have learned the word from British sailors and seal hunters. Where these sailors and hunters got the word, we cannot say.


All information above provided by Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Online Etymology Directory.

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith  quill-ink

 

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