Sunday, March 22, 2015



This means having way too much of something.  Other words for nimiety are excess, overabundance, exorbitance, or intemperance.

The word comes from the Latin word nimius, meaning "too much."  Its first known use was around 1564.


If something is described as putative, that means it is assumed or commonly accepted.  Some other words that mean the same as putative are supposed, reputed, presumed or apparent.

Putative came from late Middle English in 1400-50.  The Middle English word is from the late Latin putativus, meaning "considered" or "reckoned."


Peripatetic people are always going here and there.  They wander around a lot and make journeys related to their jobs.  Another word for peripatetic people is itinerants.

A follower of the philosopher Aristotle is also called a Peripatetic, but in this use, you have to capitalize the "P."

The word peripatetic originated with the Greek peripatetikos, from peripatein.  This second word meant to walk up and down, talking about philosophical subjects, which is what Aristotle used to do.


In Greek mythology, Zeus had a special gold shield call the Aegis.  Athena also had one.  In the center of the shield there was a picture of the Gorgon, who was a scary monster-woman with snakes for hair.  Anybody who looked at the Gorgon got turned into stone.

Anyway, Zeus or Athena could use the aegis to protect you, which was a really good form of protection.  Nowadays, aegis means any kind of protection, sponsorship, or support.

The word came from the Greek word aigís.  This word, in turn, came from a word meaning "goat" because shields were often made of goatskin.


This is a word used in Scotland and Northern England to mean wakeful or alert.  Mostly, this is wakeful in the sense of not being able to sleep, even though you want to.

The word came into English in the 15th century from the Scots Middle English walkrife.  Walken means "to wake" and ryfe means "rife."  So if you are wakerife, you are rife with wakefulness.

I don't know what you call it if you are sleepy -- maybe "sleeprife"?

Is this the REAL nacarat.....

Nacarat is a color I never heard of before.  It's a little confusing to read about it because one place says it is "bright orange-red," and another describes it as "a pale red color, with a cast of orange."  Oh, and then I also read that it is "a shade of yellow color."

....or is this?
A fine linen or crape that is dyed pale red with an orange cast is called nacarat.  And then there was a famous steeplechase horse in the UK, and his name was Nacarat, even though he was a light gray color.  Nacarat retired recently, at the age of 14, but then he died early this month because of "a paddock accident."  I tried to find out what the accident was, but I couldn't learn any details, even though I spent a good 5 or 10 minutes looking.

But getting back to the color nacarat, apparently it can be anything from yellow-orange to bright red-orange.  It became an English word in the mid-18th century, from the Middle French nacarade and Old Spanish nacarado, with maybe some Arabic and Latin thrown in.

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