fidgetspin (fidgetspin) wrote in 1word1day,

Hoosegow \ˈhüs-ˌga\
noun, slang

A place for the confinement of persons in lawful detention: jail, brig, prison, slammer.

First used in English in 1908.  From Spanish juzgado (court), past participle of juzgar (to judge), from Latin judicare (to judge). Ultimately from Indo-European root deik- (to show or to pronounce solemnly) that is also the source of other words such as judge, verdict, vendetta, revenge, indicate, dictate, and paradigm.

When the interviewer inevitably asked about my year-long lapse in employment, I coughed nervously and replied, "hoosegow."   Not to seem parochial in front of his potential subordinate, he muttered something about the interesting regional culture before quickly moving on.
Tags: h, noun, spanish

  • Wednesday Word: Déraciné

    Déraciné - noun or adjective. You may know déraciné as the title of a video game, but this French word can also be used as an adjective or noun.…

  • Tuesday word: Convoluted

    Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 Convoluted (adjective) con·vo·lut·ed [kon-vuh-loo-tid] adjective 1. twisted; coiled. 2. complicated; intricately…

  • Sunday Word: Cabalistic

    cabalistic[kab- uh- lis-tik], also cabbalistic, kabbalistic adjective: 1 belonging, according, or relating to the Jewish cabala 2 having an…

  • Post a new comment


    Comments allowed for members only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded