April 7th, 2013

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Friday word: Lucrative

Lucrative (adj): \ˈlü-krə-tiv\: producing wealth : profitable
— lu·cra·tive·ly adverb
— lu·cra·tive·ness noun


"....Of late, however, there has been a decided reaction, and nursing can no longer be regarded as a lucrative calling...." (From "An 1895 Look at Nursing", which can be found at http://enw.org/1895_Nursing.htm)


Middle English lucratif, from Middle French, from Latin lucrativus, from lucratus, past participle of lucrari to gain, from lucrum, gain.

First Known Use: 15th century
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Saturday & Sunday Word: Bugbear & Nostrum

Bug·bear (ˈbʌgˌbɛər):
origin: Obsolete, 1570-80, hobgoblin (Middle English = bugge), possibly Welsh = bwg

1. an imaginary creature used to induce fear (folklore).
2. a source, real or imaginary, of dread.
3. an ongoing point of irritation.

Though children can be taught to behave by warning of Krampus at Christmas, the April bugbear of audits and IRS agents prey on adult minds.


Nos·trum (ˈnɒstrəm):
origin: 1595–1605; Latin nostrum = our, ours (refers to sellers calling it “our” drug)

1. Quack medicine.
→ medicine sold with false or exaggerated claims and without proven value.
→ often a "secret" method or formula
2. a questionable panacea devised to remedy all social or political ills.
3. a medicine made by the person who recommended it; proprietary prescriptions.

Which goes to show why the television show, The Simpsons, can still get a laugh out of every nostrum from Dr. Nick.
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Monday word: vitelline

vitelline (v-tln, -n, v-), adj.
1.  Resembling the yolk of an egg (for example, yellow in color)
2.  Of, relating to, or associated with the yolk of an egg.

Etymology:  from Latin vitellus (yolk), which apparently is a diminutive form of vitulus (calf, veal).

Vitellary has the same meaning, but references to that word mark it as a purely biological term.