2020 August Vocabulary
- diffluent adjective
Flowing away or tending to do so, especially apart or in different directions; easily dissolving. From Proto-Indo-European *dwís “in two” + PIE *bhleu- “to swell, well up, overflow”.
- espadrilles noun
Traditional rope-soled casual shoes historically worn by peasants in Occitania and Spain. From esparto, the tough grass that the shoes are traditionally woven from. From Proto-Indo-European *spei- “sharp point (especially of a plant)”.
- hebetude noun
Mental dullness and lethargy. From Latin hebes “blunt, dull”.
- infelicitious adjective
Not appropriate for the occasion; regrettably awkward. From Proto-Indo-European *ne- “not” + PIE *dhe(i)- to “suckle, produce, yield fruits”.
- mamaluke noun (slang)
A guy who’s not properly manly; incompetent, dull. Would never survive without the support of his family dragging him up, getting him jobs, and so on. A dumbass—but harmless, not too bad. Every Italian-American family has one. From Arabic mamlūk “slave”.
- maudlin adjective
What Tolly is. Mawkishly and effusively sentimental, especially due to drunkenness. (Unfortunately, Tolly can be perfectly sober and maudlin.) French form of Magdalene, reference to Mary Magdalene, one of Jesus’s mournful folllowers.
- neurasthetnic adjective
Physically and mentally exhausted, with headaches, anxiety, heart palpitations, neuralgia, and depressed mood, associated with stress. From Proto-Indo-European *(s)neuro- “tendon, sinew” + PIE *ne- “not” + Greek sthenos “strength, power, ability, might”.
- obiter dictum noun
A passing judicial remark which is not necessary for the decision of the current court case at hand. The opinion may or may not bear persuasion or influence in later cases. Latin phrase meaning “by the way”.
- panache noun
What Ansel has in overabundance. Verve and showy, elegant confidence in style and action. From Middle French pennache “tuft of feathers”, ultimately derived from Proto-Indo-European *pet- “to rush, to fly”.
- salutary adjective
Beneficial; promoting health. From Proto-Indo-European *sol- “whole, well-kept”.
- theriodic malignant
Malignant. No etymologies found.