Word of the Week

Susurrus: noun. a whispering or rustling sound

For example:

Dread creeps in; the ear instinctively fastens on anything, whether fire-hiss or bird call or susurrus of leaves, that will save it from this unknown emptiness.— The Economist, “People crave silence, yet are unnerved by it,” 17 May 2018

I read this yesterday in Paul Johnson’s Heroes.

Reference

Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, s.v. “susurrus,” accessed November 4, 2020, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/susurrus.

Word of the Week

Featherbedding (n.) A labor union practice of artificially increasing the number of workers employed even though the specific job or task can be completed with fewer workers. This can be done mandating that specific jobs be performed only by workers with specific skill levels or be mandating that a certain number of workers are needed to perform a job or task.

References
“Featherbedding” Retrieved from https://glossary.econguru.com/economic-term/featherbedding.

Word of the Week

Cavil verb (used without object), cav·iled, cav·il·ing or (especially Britishcav·illed, cav·il·ling.

to raise irritating and trivial objections; find fault with unnecessarily (usually followed by ator about): He finds something to cavil at in everything I say.

verb (used with object), cav·iled, cav·il·ing or (especially Britishcav·illed, cav·il·ling. to oppose by inconsequential, frivolous, or sham objections: to cavil each item of a proposed agenda.

Word of the Week

seiche

a seiche

seiche: n. a temporary disturbance or oscillation in the water level of a lake or partially enclosed body of water, especially one caused by changes in atmospheric pressure.
Last night some areas around Lake Michigan got hit with a big storm. Some people thought they saw a tornado, but tornadoes don’t form around such large bodies of water. I was told what was seen was part of a seiche.

Word of the Week

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Gambatte; v. Japanese. imperative form of gambare. try your best, don’t give up, endure, persevere — all rolled into one.

If you go to Japan and learn a little of the language gambatte is one of the first words you’ll learn and use with fluency. It’s used all the time to encourage any and all endeavors from sports to tests to every day hassles and problems.

It’s a word that works wonders even when you say it to yourself. It’s a word that encourages and spurs one on so it’s perfectly suited for 2020 when you’re down or blue during the lockdown or the political morass.

If we should import only one Japanese into English, this should be it.