ellesieg (ellesieg) wrote in 1word1day,

Tuesday Word: vetanda

There are some words that are so rich in meaning and history that their dictionary entries read like synopses of the many installments of some epic tale, and you feel like you could research them for days and days and still not quite grasp them. Then there are others whose entries offer almost nothing yet are almost as satisfying, the dictionary's silence making them seem appealingly enigmatic rather than too boring to bother with. I suppose vetanda, from the Latin vetare (to forbid) and defined over and over and over again as simply "forbidden things," falls into the latter category. What things? Forbidden to whom?!? Mostly, though, I think it sounds like an impressive alternative to telling a young visitor to my home "No!" over and over again. The knives? The plastic bags? Paint, glue, and nail polish? Choking hazards of every imaginable size, shape and composition? VETANDA! I'M SO SCARED I DON'T EVEN MESS WITH THEM.
Tags: latin, noun, v, wordsmith: ellesieg

  • Wednesday Word: Nîcîwâkan

    Nîcîwâkan - noun. Nîcîwâkan is a Cree word for friend. To hear the pronunciation along with four other Cree words, watch the video below!

  • Tuesday word: Graduation

    Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 Graduation (noun) grad·u·a·tion [graj-oo-ey-shuhn] noun 1. an act of graduating; the state of being graduated. 2. the…

  • Sunday Word: Jardinière

    jardinière, jardiniere [jahr-dn- eer, zhahr-dn- yair] noun: 1 a: an ornamental stand for plants or flowers b: a large usually ceramic…

  • 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 

  • 1 comment