Monday, October 29, 2007

Inexplicably interesting words

I am not claiming this post to be very signifcant or even worth reading, so feel free to stop reading and "click on" somewhere else. You'll never get back the 15 seconds it takes you to read and think about this.

There are several English words that I find intriguing . I always enjoy seeing how, when, and why they are used. Here are a few of those:

1. Beleagured: someone bothered, worried, or beset.

2. Debacle: a fiasco, a sudden and violent collapse, a complete failure- especially because of bad planning and organization.

3. Grisly: shockingly repellent; inspiring horror, inspiring disgust or distaste .

That's all for today.


M. Jay Bennett said...

I have a feeling this sentence that may have inspired this post:

"The Rockies' Word Series loss to the Red Sox (i.e. Satan's minions) was a grisly debacle that left me beleaguered."

Lyle Burton said...

Actually, your post did enkindle a certain curiosity about intriguing words.

Frontier Forest said...

It’s refreshing for me to confess, when we are down and feeling low, we don’t have to make sense. I am sure glad God judges the thoughts and the intents of the heart.

Mark Davis said...

While we're on the subject, here are some words that disturb me:

Albeit - the appendix of the dictionary. This word used to be good for something, but that time has passed. I heard it used in a sermon (not Tony's) last year, and spent the rest of the service wishing there was a Listerine product for ears.

Extant - the toupee of the dictionary; one of the top ten Christian bamboozler words. Anybody using "extant" in a sentence, instead of plain old "existing" is either hiding something, blowing smoke, or both (Hank Hannegraf).