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

Thursday word: xyster

xyster (ZIS-tuhr) - n., a surgical instrument for scraping bones.

I don't know what it looks like and I do NOT want to. Just thinking about that definition makes my skin crawl, like the mental equivalent of hearing fingernails on a chalkboard. I don't want to know why a surgeon would WANT to scrape someone's bones while they are still alive. Nope. Nope nope nope. I can tell you the word comes from Greek xūstēr, scraper, from xūein, to scrape. But that's it.


Tags: greek, noun, x

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