Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Eager Beaver

funny word of the day: beaver

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

: 1bea·ver
Pronunciation: \ˈbē-vər\
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural beavers
Etymology: Middle English bever, from Old English beofor; akin to Old High German bibar beaver, and probably to Old English brūn brown — more at brown
Date: before 12th century

1 or plural beaver a : either of two large semiaquatic herbivorous rodents comprising a family (Castoridae including Castor canadensis of North America and C. fiber of Eurasia), having webbed hind feet and a broad flat scaly tail, and constructing dams and partially submerged lodges b : the fur or pelt of the beaver
2 a : a hat made of beaver fur or a fabric imitation b : silk hat
3 : a heavy fabric of felted wool or of cotton napped on both sides
4 usually vulgar : the pudenda of a woman

Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English baviere, from Middle French
Date: 15th century

1 : a piece of armor protecting the lower part of the face
2 : a helmet visor

Here are the FWOTDs from the past four days:

1/26 - gumption
1/25 - twerp
1/24 - dabble
1/23 - plop

I've decided to make a sentence out of them, as well as today's:

That twerp had the gumption to plop down next to me and ask me if, like him, I dabble in extramarital affairs and that he'd really like to see my beaver. Needless to say, I slapped him and ran away very fast.

Friday, January 22, 2010

It's Exhausting

funny word of the day: muffler

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

Pronunciation: \ˈmə-flər\
Function: noun
Date: circa 1536

1 a : a scarf worn around the neck b : something that hides or disguises
2 : a device to deaden noise; especially : one forming part of the exhaust system of an automotive vehicle

muf·flered adjective

In high school, I drove a 1980 Datsun 310GX hatchback. I bought it from my sister for $107 and, though it was a clunker, it got me around (barely). One day I heard a really loud scraping sound and when I pulled into a parking lot, a man told me that my muffler was hanging off the back of my car and hitting the ground when I drove. It was completely rusted. My mechanic warned me not to drive more than 10 miles from my home in that car. But I kind of miss it now that I don't have a car at all.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

You Dirty (Musk)rat

funny word of the day: muskrat

From Wikipedia:

The muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus), the only species in genus Ondatra, is a medium-sized semi-aquatic rodent native to North America, and introduced in parts of Europe, Asia, and South America. The muskrat is found in wetlands and is a very successful animal over a wide range of climates and habitats. It plays an important role in nature and is a resource of food and fur for humans, as well as being an introduced species in much of its present range.

The muskrat is the largest species in the subfamily Arvicolinae; which includes 142 other species of rodents, mostly voles and lemmings. Muskrats are called "rats" in a general sense because they are medium-sized rodents with an adaptable lifestyle and an omnivorous diet. They are not, however, so-called "true rats", that is members of the genus Rattus.

The muskrat's name comes from the two scent glands which are found near its tail; they give off a strong "musky" odor which the muskrat uses to mark its territory.

Gross. I'm not a fan of anything that has "rat" in its name or resembles a rat. Even squirrels, which people think are cute, are really just tree rats (at least that's what my mom always told me growing up). The only muskrat I like is a Muppet-like character named Heddy Muskrat in the Jim Henson special "Emmett Otter's Jugband Christmas," a modern-day musical fable based on The Gift of the Magi that is still one of my favorite holiday programs. Too bad my husband and I are virtually the only people who have ever seen it. I highly recommend it.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

What a Boob!

funny word of the day: boob

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

Pronunciation: \ˈbüb\
Function: noun
Etymology: short for 1booby
Date: 1907

1 : a stupid awkward person : simpleton
2 : boor, philistine

boob·ish \ˈbü-bish\ adjective


Function: noun
Etymology: 3boob
Date: 1934
British : mistake, blunder

Yesterday's FWOTD: snuggle

Pronunciation: \ˈsnə-gəl\
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): snug·gled; snug·gling \-g(ə-)liŋ\
Etymology: frequentative of 1snug
Date: 1687

intransitive verb : to curl up comfortably or cozilytransitive verb 1 : to draw close especially for comfort or in affection
2 : to make snug

snuggle noun

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Oh, Baloney!

funny word of the day: baloney

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

1baloney variant of bologna

Variant(s): also bo·lo·ney \bə-ˈlō-nē\
Function: noun
Etymology: bologna
Date: 1922
: pretentious nonsense : bunkum —often used as a generalized expression of disagreement

As a food, I absolutely hate baloney. It may be because when I was a little girl and had an exceedingly high fever, I hallucinated that there was a piece of green baloney crawling up my wall. That was enough to make it an off-limits deli meat for the rest of my life.

However, I did like the song in the Oscar Meyer commercial that went "My baloney has a first name, it's O-S-C-A-R..." If you don't know it, here it is:

By the way, you can also spell baloney "bologna" but it's funnier the other way.

Monday, January 11, 2010

She Doesn't Have All Her Marbles

funny word of the day: marble

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

Pronunciation: \ˈmär-bəl\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French marbre, from Latin marmor, from Greek marmaros
Date: 12th century

1 a : limestone that is more or less crystallized by metamorphism, that ranges from granular to compact in texture, that is capable of taking a high polish, and that is used especially in architecture and sculpture b : something (as a piece of sculpture) composed of or made from marble c : something suggesting marble (as in hardness, coldness, or smoothness)
2 a : a little ball made of a hard substance (as glass) and used in various games b plural but sing in constr : any of several games played with these little balls c plural : the rewards to be won in competition especially for a championship —used in the phrase all the marbles
3 :
4 plural : elements of common sense; especially : sanity s — Arthur Miller>

marble adjective

I always liked the feel of marbles and had some when I was little, not really sure why since I never learned to play the game. In fact, I don't know anyone who actually plays marbles but if you're interested in ordering some, check out this site:

Friday, January 8, 2010

Aren't You Saucy?

funny word of the day: saucy

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

Pronunciation: \ˈs-sē, ˈsa-\
Function: adjective
Inflected Form(s): sauc·i·er; sauc·i·est
Date: 1508

1 : served with or having the consistency of sauce
2 a : impertinently bold and impudent b : amusingly forward and flippant : irrepressible
3 : smart, trim

sauc·i·ly \-sə-lē\ adverb

sauc·i·ness \-sē-nəs\ noun

I especially like how Merriam-Webster uses the phrase "a saucy little hat" as an example. When have you ever heard anyone say that?

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Humpty Hump

funny word of the day: hump

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

Pronunciation: \ˈhəmp\
Function: noun
Etymology: akin to Middle Low German hump bump, Dutch homp lump, chunk, Frisian homp, himp
Date: 1681

1 : a rounded protuberance: as a : humpback 1 b : a fleshy protuberance on the back of an animal (as a camel, bison, or whale) c (1) : mound, hummock (2) : mountain, range
2 British : a fit of depression or sulking
3 : a difficult, trying, or critical phase or obstacle —often used in the phrase over the hump

humped adjective


Function: verb
Date: circa 1785
transitive verb 1 often vulgar : to copulate with
2 : to exert (oneself) vigorously
3 : to make humpbacked : hunch
4 chiefly British : to put or carry on the back : lug; also : transport intransitive verb 1 : to exert oneself : hustle
2 : to move swiftly : race

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

It Warms My Cockles

funny word of the day: cockle

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

Pronunciation: \ˈkä-kəl\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English coccel
Date: before 12th century

: any of several weedy plants of the pink family; especially : corn cockle

Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English cokille, from Middle French coquille shell, modification of Latin conchylia, plural of conchylium, from Greek konchylion, from konchē conch
Date: 14th century

1 : any of various chiefly marine bivalve mollusks (family Cardiidae) having a shell with convex radially ribbed valves; especially : a common edible European bivalve (Cerastoderma edule syn. Cardium edule)
2 : cockleshell

Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English kokell, ultimately from Middle French coquillé wavy or rounded like a shell, from coquille
Date: 15th century

: pucker, wrinkle

cockle verb

Growing up I always heard the below phrase and had no idea what it meant. Now I do -- and it just warms the cockles of my heart!

cockles of the heart

Etymology: perhaps from 2cockle
Date: 1671

: the core of one's being —usually used in the phrase warm the cockles of the heart

Monday, January 4, 2010

What Ever Happened to Shemp?

funny word of the day: stooge

From Wikipedia:

A stooge is generally defined as a person that is under the control of another. Being called a stooge is not a form of praise. Stooge can also sometimes be used to mean "idiot".

Stooges may refer to:

My husband came up with this one and I have to agree that it's funny, especially the Three Stooges. Nyuck, nyuck, nyuck!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Opposite of Classy?

funny word of the day: trashy

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

Pronunciation: \ˈtra-shē\
Function: adjective
Inflected Form(s): trash·i·er; trash·i·est
Date: circa 1620

1 : being, resembling, or containing trash : of inferior quality
2 : indecent

trash·i·ly \-shə-lē\ adverb

trash·i·ness noun

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Ahoy, Matie!

funny word of the day: seaman

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

Pronunciation: \ˈsē-mən\
Function: noun
Date: before 12th century
1 : sailor, mariner
2 a : any of the three ranks below petty officer in the navy or coast guard b : an enlisted man in the navy or coast guard ranking above a seaman apprentice and below a petty officer

This word is the unfortunate synonym for another funny word (c'mon, you can figure it out) and the seaman's uniform can be funny too. However, it doesn't mean I don't have the utmost respect for the fine men who serve in our Navy. Really. I just prefer to call them sailors.

Friday, January 1, 2010

What I Feel Like Right Now

funny word of the day: blimp

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

Pronunciation: \ˈblimp\
Function: noun
Etymology: imitative; perhaps from the sound made by striking the gas bag with the thumb
Date: 1916
1 : an airship that maintains its form by pressure from contained gas
2 capitalized : colonel blimp

I wanted to pick a word that had relevance to New Year's Day but I couldn't think of one. I figure there are probably some blimps flying over the various Bowl games today so it was good enough. Here's to a great 2010 filled with lots of funny words!