Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Etymologists on Holiday

I feel due for an update, but I don't really have much to write about and nor do I want to. So instead, here's a few words you never realised really existed.

The word Snuff has several meanings. The first meaning is a kind of finely ground tobacco that is sniffed through the nose, eg., a packet of snuff.  Another meaning of "snuff" is the burnt bit of a candle wick that is always present on any half-used candle. Finally, "snuff" may mean a film or video clip in which someone is actually killed, without the aid of special effects, with the purpose of entertainment.

The word Jingo, according to Wiktionary, is "One who supports policy favouring war". In other words, one who thinks that war would be a jolly good way to bring one's country up into the world. Aggresively patriotic.

Torpor means slow, lethargic, sluggish, and/or inactive.

That's all I have to say. Remember, reading a dictionary is a productive way to spend one's time, as opposed to, say, facebooking.

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