Enamored With Words

Part of enjoying reading is learning new words. You never know when a recently discovered word may be useful in furthering a conversation verbally or otherwise. Definitely learn the pronunciation of a word prior to its use.

Pronounced: \uh b-STREP-er-uh s\
1. resisting control or restraint in a difficult manner; unruly.
2. noisy, clamorous, or boisterous: obstreperous children.
Unfortunately the facts were refusing to fit her theory. They were being highly obstreperous–appearing, disappearing and reappearing in all the wrong places.
— Michael Palin, Hemingway’s Chair, 1995
Obstreperous can be traced to the Latin verb strepere meaning “to rattle,” with the prefix ob- meaning “against.” It entered English in the late 1500s.

Pronounced: \ih-BEE-dem; English IB-i-duhm, ih-BAHY-duhm, ih-BEE-\
1. Latin. in the same book, chapter, page, etc.
Ibidem came to English in the mid-1600s from the Latin, literally meaning “in the aforementioned place

Pronounced:  fluhm-uh-DID-l
1. utter nonsense.
2. worthless frills.
Flumadiddle is an Americanism that arose in the 1840s as a combination of flummery, meaning “complete nonsense,” and diddle, meaning “to fool with.”

too long; didn’t read.
Used to indicate that one did not read a (long) text, or to mark a short summary of an overly long text.


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