uniquepov (uniquepov) wrote in 1word1day,

Friends, what cheer?

It's Wednesday, which means another installment of Shakespearean Imagination!

Those outside Europe may not realise that we are in the midst of the UEFA Euro Cup (although most of LJ has realised it, because of the free v-gifts that are available)! We're still in the first round of matches, but since it appears unlikely that my beloved IRL is moving on (after a ruddy TROUNCING by Croatia), I've decided to give you this word today:

buzzer: buzz·er\'bəzər\ (noun): An electrical device, similar to a bell, that makes a buzzing noise and is used for signaling.

In Shakespeare's time, it would have meant simply something that buzzes, such as a bee, rather than the common definition of today, above.

First seen in Shakespeare's Hamlet (written 1600-1601). The full text of the play may be found here.

(And thankfully, England's team looks stronger than Ireland's, so I still have them to cheer on in the coming rounds!)
Tags: english, noun, shakespeare, theme: shakespeare, wordsmith: uniquepov

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