December 23rd, 2016

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Friday words: Felicity and Festivus

Best wishes to everyone reading, this holiday season and in the coming year :)
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Two words, to make up for missing last Friday:

felicity, n. fe·lic·i·ty \fi-ˈli-sə-tē\, pl. felicities

1a : the quality or state of being happy; especially : great happiness ("marital felicity")
b : an instance of happiness

2: something that causes happiness

3: a pleasing manner or quality especially in art or language ("a felicity with words")

4: an apt expression


Example:
I've always admired his felicity with words.

He told his friends that his marriage had brought him a felicity that he had never known before.

Etymology
Middle English felicite, from Anglo-French felicité, from Latin felicitat-, felicitas, from felic-, felix fruitful, happy.

First Known Use: 14th century

Festivus:

There are those who eschew the more traditional December holidays as too religious, too commercial, too too. They have found solace and fellowship in the modern made-up replacement: Festivus.

Festivus first made its public appearance in a 1997 episode of the hit TV show “Seinfeld”.


Read more in this article from Merriam-Webster Online.