#WordOfTheDay: Rigmarole

Rigmarole: needless actions or talk Origin: early 1700s, from the word ‘ragman rolls’ (a long list of documents in which Scottish nobles acknowledged their allegiance to the king…) Synonym: nonsense, rubbish, balderdash, hogwash, mumbo jumbo, gobbledygook (I’m not joking and these keep on going) Example: I…

#WordOfTheDay: Gallant

Gallant: brave, heroic, or chivalrous in behaviour Origin: late 1300s/1400, English/French, from the words galant and galer, to amuse oneself Synonym: gentlemanly, courageous, valiant Example: Finn from the cartoon Adventure Time is the perfect example of a gallant fellow. He is constantly performing noble deeds for the…

#WordOfTheDay: Halcyon

Halcyon: referring to a period in the past that was idyllic, serene, and happy Origin: 1300-1400s, English/Latin/Greek, coming from a mythical bird identified with the kingfisher (type of a bird). This bird was said to have the power of charming and calming winds and waves Synonym: carefree, blissful,…

#WordOfTheDay: Quixotic

Quixotic :extravagantly chivalrous or romantic, idealistic ie. over-the-top. Origin: early 1800s, named after the hero Don Quixote; from the novel Don Quixote de la Mancha by Cervantes, which featured gallant but impractical ideas. Synonym: fanciful, imaginary, dreamy  

#WordOfTheDay: Wisteria

Wisteria: a type of shrub with hanging clusters of pale blue, lilac, or white flowers. Origin: early 1800s, wistaria (new latin) after U.S. anatomist, Captain Wistar Example: The television show “Desperate Housewives” took place on Wisteria Lane.

#WordOfTheDay: Facetious

Facetious: not taking something seriously/not to be taken seriously Origin: end of 1500s, facete (Latin for clever/witty) + ious Synonyms: flippant, amusing, sardonic, humorous. Example: “Why are you being so facetious about the dangers of drugz yo?”