Kate Barnes (k8cre8) wrote in 1word1day,
Kate Barnes


My sincere apologies for failing to post for so long. I have been battling some significant health problems. 

Today's story is short as a result, but, shorter is sometimes sweeter. No promises on this one.

Long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away, there lived a mordacious cat. His name was Hector. He had calico fur, and, like all the creatures in his galaxy, he could talk, and even, on occasion, sing.

But, though he did have several friends, Hector’s mordacity was so acute, that few people, beyond his friends, wanted to be around him.

As just one example of this trait, soon after the death of a famous entertainer (who collapsed after eating too many peanut butter and banana sandwiches made from overripe fruit and an overdose of weight-reduction pills), Hector commented “well, he may be dead, but, at least he’s not getting any fatter”

And then, one day, Hector got a taste of his own medicine. While eating dinner at a friend’s house, Hector began to make unappetizing and rude comments about the other guests. Hector’s comments succeeded in making everyone unconfortable, and a few people were actually quite angry. The host, also a cat, and the possessor of impressive, seemingly enhanced reflexes, quickly reached out and grabbed Hector’s tongue, glaring at him. When it was clear that Hector was both appropriately surprised, abashed and thoroughly chagrined, the host commented wryly, “What’s the matter, Hector? Cat got your tongue?”

mordacious ( moor-DAY-shus ) adj. Latin. biting, sharp, acrid or caustic (mordacity, nounform).This can be a physical bite, or it can be related to sarcastic wit, or caustic style or tone. 

This word, from the Latin "mordax," as in "given to biting," or "corrosive" is also closely related to the verb form "mordere" meaning to bite, or sting. It is used in various forms in English, in forms like mordant, mordancy and mordaciously.  

Tags: adjective, latin, m, theme: stories

  • 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


    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