Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Inexplicably interesting words V


Here's another installment of "inexplicably interesting words."

I am not claiming this post to be very significant or even worth reading, so feel free to stop reading and "click on" somewhere else. You'll never get back the 15-25 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:

Egregious- extraordinary in some bad way; glaring; flagrant. Conspicuously bad or offensive. conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible; "a crying shame"; "an egregious lie"; "flagrant violation of human rights"; "a glaring error"; "gross ineptitude"; "gross injustice"; "rank treachery".

Jettison- To cast overboard or off: a ship jettisoning wastes; a pilot jettisoning aircraft fuel. The act of discarding or casting overboard. To let go or get rid of as being useless or defective.

Zany- ludicrously or whimsically comical; clownish. Comical because of incongruity or strangeness; bizarre.

Bifurcate- to cause to divide into two branches or parts; Forked or divided into two parts or branches, as the Y-shaped styles of certain flowers.

y'all- Variant of you-all. sometimes spelled as "Ya'll", "Yawl", or "Yaw", and archaically spelled "You-all", is a fused grammaticalization of the phrase "you all". It is used primarily as a plural second-person pronoun, and less often as a singular second-person pronoun. Commonly believed to have originated in the Southern United States, it is primarily associated with Southern American English. Special note: a person using this rather crude form of speech should not immediately be judged as unintelligent, even though it sounds like they are.

3 comments:

Frontier Forest said...

Tony, maybe you should you call your blog, “The NO SIN ZONE!” Then instead on numbering your “Inexplicably Words” you could be refer to them as, “The Most Ridiculous Words of the Day”? Be careful, else be guilty of blo/vi/ating?

Phantom495 said...

Tony,I am shocked that you would make such an egregious error in the "special note" portion of the last word. Y'all Yankees may not speak the way we highly intelligent Texans do, but we don't jettison you as non-intelligent, and we certainly do not use that particular piece of vernacular in a zany manner. I hope that, in your mind there is no true bifurcation between those who speak as a Southerner or a Texan and those who have a more, let's say less colorful manner of speech. That would be inexplicable!

Anonymous said...

O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Ulysses Everett McGill

"There are all manner of lesserimps and demons, but that the
Great Satan himself is red and
scaly with a bifurcated tail and a
hay fork."

And I am sure you could find the correct usage of Y'all in there too if'uns ya needs more examples.

idee