Sunday, September 13, 2009

Put a Cork in It!

funny word of the day: cork

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

Pronunciation: \ˈkȯrk\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, cork, bark, probably from Middle Dutch *kurk or Middle Low German korck, from Old Spanish alcorque, ultimately from dialect Arabic qurq, from Latin quercus oak — more at fir
Date: 14th century
1 a : the elastic tough outer tissue of the cork oak that is used especially for stoppers and insulation b : phellem
2 : a usually cork stopper for a bottle or jug
3 : a fishing float

I particulary like the phrase "Put a cork in it!" which basically means "Shut up!"

Yesterday's FWOTD was: schlep

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

Variant(s): or schlepp also shlep or shlepp \ˈshlep\
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): schlepped also shlepped; schlep·ping also shlep·ping
Etymology: Yiddish shlepn, from Middle High German sleppen, from Middle Low German slēpen
Date: 1922
transitive verb
: drag, haul
intransitive verb
: to proceed or move especially slowly, tediously, awkwardly, or carelessly

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