Thursday, October 1, 2009

Are You Out of Your Gourd?

funny word of the day: gourd
Since it's now official autumn, there's a slight chill in the air (at least in NYC) and the temporary Halloween costume shops are starting to abound, I thought this fall vegetable/decorative object was an appropriate word.

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

Pronunciation: \ˈgȯrd, ˈgu̇rd\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English gourde, from Anglo-French gurde, gourde, from Latin cucurbita
Date: 14th century
1 : any of a family (Cucurbitaceae, the gourd family) of chiefly herbaceous tendril-bearing vines including the cucumber, melon, squash, and pumpkin 2 : the fruit of a gourd : pepo; especially : any of various hard-rinded inedible fruits of plants of two genera (Lagenaria and Cucurbita) often used for ornament or for vessels and utensils
— out of one's gourd also off one's gourd : crazy

I like that this word is also used in a phrase that indicates someone is crazy.

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