Sunday, August 23, 2009

Is there such a thing as a glib banshee?


I didn't have time to post yesterday (party at my sister's house in NJ, followed by a party in NYC) but yesterday's FWOTD was: glib

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

glib
Pronunciation: \ˈglib\
Function: adjective
Inflected Form(s): glib·ber; glib·best
Etymology: probably modification of Low German glibberig slippery
Date: 1584
1 a : marked by ease and informality : nonchalant b : showing little forethought or preparation : offhand c : lacking depth and substance : superficial
2 archaic : smooth, slippery
3 : marked by ease and fluency in speaking or writing often to the point of being insincere or deceitful

— glib·ly adverb
— glib·ness noun

Today's funny word of the day: banshee

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

ban·shee
Pronunciation: \ˈban-(ˌ)shē, ban-ˈ\
Function: noun
Etymology: Irish bean sídhe & Scottish Gaelic bean sìth, literally, woman of fairyland
Date: 1771
: a female spirit in Gaelic folklore whose appearance or wailing warns a family that one of them will soon die

Evidently, a Banshee is also a funny-looking four-wheel Yamaha motorbike.

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