March 14th, 2013

words are sexy

Thursday word: overmorrow

overmorrow (OH-vuhr-mowr-row) - n., (obs.) the day after tomorrow.


Coined some time during Middle English out of existing English roots. It is now, alas, thoroughly obsolete, and only appears in unabridged dictionaries only, I suspect, because it appears in the 1551 Tyndale Bible (predecessor of the King James translation) and so needs to be explained. Compare also the equally obsolete ereyesterday.

La, 'tis indeed our intent, Sir Roderick, to visit the beach overmorrow -- would'st thou sport with us?

(Note: that's a deliberate mashup of idioms from different periods. No one, ever, spoke like that.)


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---L.
me boats

Shakespearean Imagination

How now, neighbours!

It's Wednesday (well, almost) again, which means another installment of Shakespearean Imagination!

I am actually at a 5-day seminar for my work, which runs through Sunday night, and I think that makes today’s word particularly apropos:


academe : ac•a•deme /ˌakəˈdēm / (noun) :

noun
-the academic environment or community; academia.


Synonyms university – varsity – school


First seen in Shakespeare's Love’s Labours Lost (written 1594 - 1595). The full text of the play may be found here.