New words for the new year, from guess where? I found these in my 2014 365 New Words-a-Year calendar. My page-a-day calendar is chock-full of wonderful words, and once again, I'm putting it to use.
1. ab initio: from the beginning
Ab initio is a Latin term and is on the first page of this 2014 calendar. It's a clever opening!
2. gambol: to skip about; frolic
The school children would gambol happily in the park on field trips.
This word may be used as a verb or as a noun, and is used mostly in relation to children or animals. I should have known this word, which is French in origin, and which originally referred to the spring of a jumping horse.
3. zillionaire: a person of incalculably great wealth
Yes, it's really a word! This word is not used in the most formal writing, but it's been used in many serious publications. According to my calendar, the turn of the century brought with it a turn of fortune, and by the 1940s we needed words to describe this wealth--millionaire, billionaire, and even zillionaire! How many zeros are in a zillion? Although it's a real word, it's used as an indefinite, fictitious number, in a comic sense for exaggeration, so there's no set number of zeros in a zillion.
The winner of my extra 365 New Words-a-Year calendar is Lady in Read from MyRandRSpace. Congratulations, Lady in Read! I'm certain you'll enjoy this word-a-day calendar, which is a sensational source of new words! Perhaps you'll use it as I do, for Wondrous Words Wednesday. (If you didn't win this desk calendar, you may be able to find a discounted copy somewhere, as calendars go on sale after the start of a new year.)
Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme for wordies, created and hosted by Kathy from BermudaOnion's Weblog. What new words have wowed you recently?