March 2nd, 2013

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Saturday Word: Neap Tide

Neap·Tide (ˈdʒæbəˌwɒkɪ):
origin: Middle English neep, from Old English nep (flud), neap (tide).

A tide that occurs when the difference between high and low tide is least; the lowest level of high tide; neap tide happens 2x a month, during the 1st and 3rd quarters of our moon. [oh boy, graphs!]

The opposite of a Spring Tide is called a “Neap Tide,” or neaps, from the Old English word “nopflod.” The origins of the word are unknown, but it may share its root with the ancient Greek loan-word napus, thought to mean “rounded” and still in use today in the Latin name for the turnips, a vegetable that is still known in Scotland as “neeps.” [source]

Today's word is dedicated to sileni, who left interesting comments regarding Tuesday Word: Neeps; we love that sort of geeky stuff here! And by the way, if this is your sort of thing too:

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Belated Friday word: Skeuomorph

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Skeuomorph \ˈskyüəˌmrf\


“A design feature copied from a similar artifact in another material, even when not functionally necessary.” For example, rivets on jeans, copper color on pennies, the shutter sound on a digital camera, and the pointless handle above."

(From an online list of "25 things you didn't know had names")

Etymology: Gk skeuos vessel, implement + E -morph; akin to OE hēgan to perform, achieve, ON heyja to perform, and prob. to Russ kutit' to carouse