January 31st, 2013

words are sexy

Thursday word: yepsen

yepsen - n., the amount that can be held in two hands cupped together.


I wish I could say anything else about this word, but I can't. I came across it in a Forgotten English page-a-day calendar, but aside from validating that it really existed, I got nothing. (That it's also a last name makes it rather hard to Google more.) I really want to know the etymology, too. Anyone? Bueller?

Each child carried, for want of baskets, a yepsen of berries into the pantry, making a peck in all.

---L.
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Friday word: Obloquy

Let's take a break from medical terms, eh, folks? BTW, are there any particular topics for which you'd like me to post words? Do let me know.
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ob·lo·quy

noun \ˈä-blə-kwē\
plural ob·lo·quies
1: a strongly condemnatory utterance : abusive language
2: the condition of one that is discredited : bad repute

Examples:
  1. a victim of hatred and obloquy
  2. <unable to mount a rational defense of her position, she unleashed a torrent of obloquy on her opponent
Diana: "Give me that ring."
....
Bertram: "It is an honour 'longing to our house,
Bequeathed down from many ancestors,
Which were the greatest obloquy i' the world
In me to lose."

Diana: "Mine honour's such a ring:
My chastity's the jewel of our house,
Bequeathed down from many ancestors,
Which were the greatest obloquy i' the world
In me to lose."

(Shakespeare, "All's Well That Ends Well")

Etymology:
Middle English obloquie, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin obloquium, from obloqui to speak against, from ob- against + loqui to speak
First Known Use: 15th century