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


symphoric (sim-FOR-ik) - adj., clumsy, accident-prone.

There's a Greek root behind this, namely sumphora, mishap or calamity, but whether the English adjective comes from a Greek one or was derived from the noun is unclear. Either way, it's another word that could use a little love. I mean, you can just imagine it blundering through the dictionary, stumbling over half the instruments of a symphony as it tries to find its seat on the page. Poor little word. I don't know when it entered the language, but I found a citation as far back as 1781, from Jeremy Bentham, who didn't think much of it:

"Who would have endured in this place to have seen two such words as the phthano-paranomic or crime-preventing, and the phthano-symphoric or calamity-preventing, branches of the police?"

Tags: adjective, greek, s

  • Sunday Word: Interlocutor

    interlocutor[in-ter- lok-y uh-ter] noun: 1 one who takes part in dialogue or conversation 2 the performer in a minstrel show who is placed…

  • 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…

  • 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