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Thursday, May 16, 2013

W of the D

mar·plot  (märplt)
An officious meddler whose interference compromises the success of an undertaking.

[After Marplot, a character in The Busy Body, a play by Susannah Centlivre (1669-1723).]

Quite a good natural sounding word isn't it? I wonder who Susannah Centlivre was. I stumbled on this word in Little Women as I'm rereading it now.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Word of the Day: Obloquy


    Strong public criticism or verbal abuse.
    Disgrace, esp. that brought about by public abuse.

slander - opprobrium - shame - dishonour - dishonor

from via google

"Rather than actually confront the difficulties of the region, he is deploying his considerable prestige to say that one country, among all the nations of the world, is uniquely deserving of obloquy."

From: "Viewpoint: Stephen Hawking's Israel Boycott is lost in Space" in Time magazine. 

(note: Not only are the views expressed solely the individual [source] writer's, I may actually disagree with them)