Saturday, February 6, 2010

Yep - Another 5 Words



Coming before; anticipatory; preventive.

[From Latin praevenient-, present participle of praevenire (to precede), from pre- (before) + venire (to come).]

"[Frank Stella's] big, shield-like 'Luis Miguel Dominguin' a silver-painted shaped canvas was acquired in 1961, a prevenient time indeed to buy Stella." Grace Glueck; A Collection That Breathes the Spirit of Modernism; The New York Times; Apr 8, 1984.




relating to or situated on the banks of a river.

From Latin riparius, from ripa ‘bank’.

I first heard this word while watching the BBC comedy "Keeping Up Appearances". It was obvious that "riparian entertainment" was entertainment along a river bank. Several days later I was watching a program on the History Channel that included a reference to a "riparian eco-system" - one along a river bank. Yet again, about a week later, I watched a news item referring to a Connecticut town looking to have "a riparian location" for some shops that were being opened there. Enough already! I made it 63 years without ever hearing the word riparian and then was beaten over the head with it! LOL

I promise, when the weather warms up, to make a riparian post on this blog!



[fr. L cinereus, ash-colored] /si NER ee ul/
cinereous : ashen

"What phantom version of me is it that watches us—them-as they grow indistinct in that cinereal air and then are gone through the gap..."
- John Banville, The Sea (2006)




• adjective literary foul-smelling; noxious.

— ORIGIN from Latin mephitis ‘noxious exhalation’.

Some ESPN usages are just too good to pass up; e.g., "Still, do-gooder or dilettante, there are at least two things Mrs. McMahon will need to consider as she moves from the forthright sunshine and uplifting narrative of prime-time "sports entertainment" into the mephitic underworld of
American politics."

- Jeff MacGregor, Page 2 Oct. 9, 2009



sham·bol·ic audio (shm-blk) KEY

Chiefly British Slang

Disorderly or chaotic: "[The country's] transportation system is in a shambolic state" (London Sunday Times).

Probably from alteration of shambles

The sportswriters at ESPN seem to have taken up this word; e.g., "This time, it appears we won't have to wait nearly as long, because I doubt we will see a more shambolic effort than the one Utah submitted on a second-quarter fastbreak against L.A. on Sunday."

- John Hollinger, PER Diem Apr. 20 2009

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