Word of the day: Chimera

It has been a while since I’ve written a WoTD post, but I’m going to try to keep at it from now on. The first I think I’ve  heard of the word ‘chimera’ was in a Harry Potter book, many of us know it as a mythical creature but I wasn’t aware of its second meaning.

Chimera

  1. (in Greek mythology) a female monster with a lion’s head, a goat’s body and a snake’s tail.
  2. an unrealistic hope or dream.

Source: Compact Oxford Dictionary & Thesaurus

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Word of the day: Honkytonk

I was listening to some Alan Jackson when I heard him mention this word in one of his songs and heck, it sounded catchy so I was curious about what it meant and come on, I can’t go singing something I don’t know!

  1. a cheap, noisy, and garish nightclub or dance hall.
  2. adjective
  3.  of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a honky-tonk: a honky-tonk atmosphere.
  4. characterized by or having a large number of honky-tonks: the honky-tonk part of town.
  5. Music . noting a style of ragtime piano-playing characterized by a strict two-four or four-four bass, either contrapuntal or chordal, and a melody embellished with chords and syncopated rhythms, typically performed on a piano whose strings have been muffled and given a tinny sound.

Source: Dictionary.com

Word of the day … well sort of: 404

Though this isn’t a word, but it still has a meaning behind it, most of us get frustrated when we see it (1.) …

  • 404
1. noun

Also called 404 error . Computers . an error message sent by a Web server to a browser when the user has typed an incorrect URL, tried to access a Web page that is no longer available, or clicked on a broken link on a Web page: They must have taken down their Web site; I keep getting that annoying “404 – File Not Found” message.
2.
Slang . a person who is stupid or uninformed.

Source: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/404+?qsrc=3086

Word of the day: Lollapalooza

Image via festivalzoo.com

This one sounds like one of the words my five year old brother made up but what it actually means is:

  • Lollapalooza

noun, Slang

1.  an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance.

Origin:
1900–05, Americanism ;  origin uncertain
Source: Dictionary.com
2.   an annual music festival featuring popular alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock and hip hop bands, dance and comedy performances, and craft booths. It has also provided a platform for non-profit and political groups. The music festival hosts more than 160,000 people over a three day period
Source: Wikipedia.com

Word of the day: Clandestine

And here's Cookie Monster just because.

And here's Cookie Monster just because.

The word of the day, or more like word of the night(I’m terribly late today), is:

  • Clandestine

- adj. kept secret or done secretively, especially because illicit: she deserved better than these clandestine meeting.

<ORIGIN>mid 16th cent.: from French clandestin or Latin clandestinus,  from ‘secretly’.

 

Source: The New Oxford American Dictionary

Word of the day: Bra Burner

Man,she's really serious!

This says it all.

Okay I searched for a random word begining with ‘Br’ on my Kindle and this is what caught my eye! I mean you’ve got to admit it sounds a bit funny but here’s what it means:

  • Bra burner

-[Informal] a feminist percieved as a militant in the struggle for women’s rights: “Dude, stay clear from Eugine, she’s a serious bra burner.”

<ORIGIN> from the mid 20th cent. uban ledgend of women burning bras to symbolize freedom from societial restraints.

Source: The Oxford American Dicionary

Word of the day: Arabesque

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Hola! Today’s word is :

  • Arabesque

- an ornamental  design consisting of intertwined flowing lines, originally found in Arabic or Moorish decoration: (adj.)arabesque scroll.

<SPECIAL USAGE> a passage or composition with fanciful ornamentation of the melody.

Yuan Yuan Tan in arabesque position in Tomasson’s Nutcracker (copyright Erik Tomasson.Picture via sfgate.com. Image removed for copyright avoidance purposes.

- [Ballet] a position in which the body is supported on one leg, with the other leg extended horizontally backward.

<ORIGIN> mid 17th cent: from French, from Italian arabesco ‘in the Arabic style’, from arabo ‘Arab’.

Source: The New Oxford American Dictionary