Thursday, May 17, 2007



These are the two words I had to look up in the dictionary today.

pithy

Pronunciation: 'pi-thE

Function: adjective

Inflected Form(s): pith-i-er; -est

1 : consisting of or abounding in pith 2 : having substance and point : tersely cogent

synonym see CONCISE

benediction

Pronunciation: "be-n&-'dik-sh&n

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English benediccioun, from Late Latin benediction-, benedictio, from benedicere to bless, from Latin, to speak well of, from bene well (akin to Latin bonus good) + dicere to say -- more at BOUNTY, DICTION

1 : the invocation of a blessing; especially : the short blessing with which public worship is concluded2 : something that promotes goodness or well-being3 often capitalized : a Roman Catholic or Anglo-Catholic devotion including the exposition of the eucharistic Host in the monstrance and the blessing of the people with it4 : an expression of good wishes

The first, to see if I was being insulted (I was not), and the second, so that I could use it correctly at Reality Rant

8 Comments:

Blogger Deborah said...

Heehee, I LOVE looking up words in the dictionary. IN fact, when I'm really bored, I read the dictionary. It's a lot more entertaining than it sounds.
ANYWAY, thank you for wishing me a happy birthday and I am going to do more scouring on your blog because I am honestly intrigued...

1:15 PM  
Blogger M-M-M-Mishy said...

Pithy does sound like it's meant to be insulting, doesn't it?

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Becky68 said...

I was brought up with a love of words & their meanings & I keep a pocket dictionary in my desk at work to thumb through when I'm bored (most of the time) A co-worker recently thought it was a new testament, I think I scandalized her when I showed her what it was & told her in a manner of sorts it is my bible!

6:23 PM  
Blogger GetFlix said...

Diane felt self-affirming benediction while basking in the pithy aromas of the tropical island's flora.

7:52 PM  
Blogger Prunella Jones said...

Dictionary.com is the first site I ever bookmarked. I agree with DEborah, it is fun to look up words.

6:50 AM  
Blogger Finn said...

I love the dictionary; sometimes I read it for fun. Yes, there is something wrong with me!

Hi! Michele sent me today. Have a wonderful weekend, abounding in pith.

7:40 AM  
Blogger Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Yeah, that goes with what I thought pithy meant. I had to think about it, though; it's one of those words you just sort of use without really thinking too much about.

Here from Michele's; I think I might poke around a bit...

11:27 AM  
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