of the Week
word or phrase to add to your army.
A blatherskite (bla-ther-skite) is a funny name for someone who blathers. Blathering is talking on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and never really saying anything of significance. So . . . a blatherskite is a chatterbox. They will "talk your ear off" and you will walk away without really knowing anything important or new.
Oddly enough, if you change the "a" to an "i" it means the same thing. You might have heard the rude term, blithering idiot. A blithering idiot is someone who blathers without saying anything intelligent.
Either way, make sure you try to avoid blathering or blithering. Use lovely words that mean something!
A neologism (knee-all-uh-jih-zum) is a fun way of saying "a new word or phrase." Certain words are created, especially with new technology. For instance, 100 years ago, the word microchip was not in the dictionary. It came along with the advent (beginning) of the computer. In fact, if you used the word computer 100 years ago, it would have meant someone who adds figures, like an accountant.
When new words enter our vocabularies and our dictionaries, they are neologistic, or neo- (new) + -logistic (thinking). New words are added yearly to most dictionaries, depending on the advances made in technology, science, math, and other fields of study. However, neologisms enter our personal vocabularies much more frequently through new slang.
The cat's pajamas is a fun phrase that means the best. This phrase began in the 1920s, along with the "cat's whiskers" and the "cat's meow." Another silly phrase that means the same thing would be "the bee's knees." If you mother buys you a pair of shoes you've always wanted, you might say to her, "Wow, mom, those shoes are the cat's pajamas! Thanks!" That does not mean they were made from a nightgown that a cat would wear to bed. Although . . . a cat in a nightgown might be the cat's pajamas because it would be hilarious.
There is a funny story that the phrase was based on a high-society woman walking down 5th Avenue in New York City in 1922 in a pair of bright yellow silk pajamas, walking four cats in matching outfits.
Ostentation (os-tin-ta-shun) is opulence showing off. People or things who are ostentatious display their wealth in a vulgar, unpleasing, show-off-y kind of way. They put it in your face like a clown would put a cream pie in your face. The result is usually the same. A feeling of discomfort and a desire to get away. Have you ever been in a place that made you very afraid you might accidentally break something valuable. You were probably in an ostentatious place, possibly even with ostentatious
Here's an interesting side note of trivia. Peacocks are very, very ostentatious, because they love to show off their beautiful feathers. Can you guess what a group of peacocks is called? It is called an ostentation of peacocks. Cool, eh?
I am Becky Lyn Rickman. I am a writer because I love words almost as much as I love the people in my life. I want to fill the world with magnificent words and then jump in and splash around in them. I live with Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy, my cats, but the only words they really love are "meat" and "gravy."