Pusillanimous

adjective Lacking courage or resolution; cowardly; faint-hearted; timid Proceeding from or indicating a cowardly spirit So, you’ll have to pardon my crassness but this is the root originating word for calling someone one a “pussy”. Interesting, indeed.  Seems much less offensive. Advertisements

Hie

[hahy] verb (used without object): to hasten, speed, go in haste verb (used with object): to hasten (oneself) I have to be honest, I actually don’t like this word all that much. The example sentence they provided was “hie yourself down to this once-in-a-lifetime sale!”. It just sounds ugly… BUT, I was still curious about … More Hie

primordial

[prahy-mawr-dee-uh l] adjective constituting a beginning; giving origin to something derived or developed; original; elementary: primordial forms of life. Embryology. first formed. pertaining to or existing at or from the very beginning: primordial matter. Root: 1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin prīmōrdiālis -of the beginning- Another one I’ve heard several times but never nailed down.

Quire

[kwahyuh r] noun a set of 24 uniform sheets of paper. Bookbinding. a section of printed leaves in proper sequence after folding; gathering. But, more interestingly, this is an obsolete spelling of choir! I discovered it through a YouTube comment from the Shia Labeouf video where someone was asking about the children’s ‘quire’. He then replied … More Quire

calumniate

[kuh-luhm-nee-eyt] verb (used with object), calumniated, calumniating.   to make false and malicious statements about; slander.   1545-55; < Latin calumniātus (past participle of calumniārī to accuse falsely, trick)

Compunction

[kuh m-puhngk-shuh n] noun a feeling of uneasiness or anxiety of the conscience caused by regret for doing wrong or causing pain; contrition; remorse. any uneasiness or hesitation about the rightness of an action. Neat! I enjoy saying this word. CompUNCtion.

diffident

[dif-i-duh nt]   adjective lacking confidence in one’s own ability, worth, or fitness; timid; shy. restrained or reserved in manner, conduct, etc. Archaic. distrustful.   1425-75; late Middle English < Latin diffīdent- (stem of diffīdēns mistrusting, despairing, present participle of diffīdere)   Heard this word before and remember not knowing what it meant.  Stumbled upon … More diffident