Monday, April 23, 2007

Don't Be So Testaceous

I could have sword that Wordsmith.org's words-of-the-day seemed a bit... off. Looking up their archives I found that the entries for last week were, in fact, purposely risque-seeming, despite the words' rather benign meanings.

For your edification:
  • testaceous ("having a shell," or "having the reddish brown color of bricks or baked clay.")
  • titivate ("to make smarter; to spruce up; to decorate.")
  • vomitorium ("a passageway to the rows of seats in a theater.")
  • cockshut ("evening" or "twilight" — apparently from the notion of night being a time birds are placed in barns.)
  • turdiform ("like a thrush, or any of the songbirds of the family Turdidae.")
  • albedo (either "the fraction of light reflected from a body" or "the white, spongy inner lining of a citrus fruit rind.")
And I'd be remiss not to include a link back to an early Back of the Cereal Box post on a similar subject: "Words That Sound Dirty But Aren't," which ran in the Nexus and which got us snooty letters for including "The Grand Tetons."

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous5:34 PM

    Wow! My English class does words of the day and we just happen to use that website. Last week was the funniest one yet. We've all started using the word cockshut everyday. I thought it was interesting that anyone else was entertained by it.

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