Friday, February 22, 2008


The words have been glaring at me from digital sticky notes all week, begging to be posted. So I finally gave in. I think it's a fantastic selection of etymological merit.


cronyism [kroh-nee-iz-uhm] –noun
the practice of favoring one's close friends, esp. in political appointments.

blithe [blahyth, blahyth] –adjective
1.joyous, merry, or gay in disposition; glad; cheerful: Everyone loved her for her blithe spirit.
2.without thought or regard; carefree; heedless: a blithe indifference to anyone's feelings.

pusillanimous [pyoo-suh-lan-uh-muhs] –adjective
1.lacking courage or resolution; cowardly; faint-hearted; timid.
2.proceeding from or indicating a cowardly spirit.

debonair [deb-uh-nair] –adjective
1.courteous, gracious, and having a sophisticated charm: a debonair gentleman.
2.jaunty; carefree; sprightly.

parley [pahr-lee]
1.a discussion or conference. informal conference between enemies under a truce, esp. to discuss terms, conditions of surrender, etc.
–verb (used without object) hold an informal conference with an enemy under a truce, as between active hostilities. speak, talk, or confer.

redintegrate [red-in-ti-greyt, ri-din-] –verb
to make whole again; restore to a perfect state; renew; reestablish.

alacrity [uh-lak-ri-tee] –noun
1.cheerful readiness, promptness, or willingness: We accepted the invitation with alacrity.
2.liveliness; briskness.

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