I haven't had as much time to enjoy books lately because of the holidays. Consequently, the first two words I've selected to highlight today are from my 365 New Words-a-Year calendar, and the third is from a new-to-me word site.
1. niveous: of or relating to snow; resembling snow (as in whiteness); snowy
This word isn't used much today, except in spelling bees or word games, but I hope you'll enjoy these niveous photos from a few years ago.
|In loving memory of Jenny|
|Cuyamaca snow scene|
I jumped ahead in my calendar a few days for this word, because I think it's a great expression to know--and put into practice. It dates back to the days before the invention of the automobile, when horses were the preferred mode of transportation. The "shank" part of the expression refers to the lower leg.
The next time I want to take a walk, I may surprise my companion and suggest that we travel by shank's mare to our destination.
3. kiasu: (adjective) afraid to lose; (noun) a fear of losing used to describe a person who's overly competitive
Sometimes I suspect that some of the people I play Words with Friends with are kiasu, and will do anything to win.
This word is the word-of-the-day from Wordnik, a wonderful word site I've recently discovered.
Wondrous Words Wednesday is the perfect meme for wordies or wordsmiths. What new word discoveries have you made recently?