Larry's Pretty Good Word of the Day (prettygoodword) wrote in 1word1day,
Larry's Pretty Good Word of the Day
prettygoodword
1word1day

omnifarious

omnifarious (om-nuh-FAIR-ee-uhs) - adj., of all forms, varieties, or kinds.


Borrowed around 1650 from Latin omnifārius, which is clearly omni-, all + some stem, but there seems to be some confusion exactly which. In five dictionary entries, I find the -fārius traced to fāriam, place/side; ferre, to bear; *fās, utterance; and facere, to do. It's a puzzler. You could almost say it has an omnifarious etymology ... but not really -- it's merely multifarious.

When I opened the door, the omnifarious colors stunned me -- it as if Maddie had dipped a dozen peacocks into Lisa Frank's paint cans and thrown them across her room.

---L.
Tags: adjective, latin, o
Subscribe

  • Wednesday Word: Sfumato

    Sfumato - noun. Sfumato is an art term that describes a painting technique where the edges are blurred and blended, leaving a super soft…

  • Saturday Word: Zarf

    Howdy friends, I'm still here! I'm barrelling towards the end of the semester and haven't had a few minutes to sit down and queue up entries. Zarf…

  • Wednesday Word: Hapax

    Hapax - noun. Here's a cool term for all the word nerds out there, suggested by full_metal_ox along with a fascinating link about…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    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 

  • 8 comments