Category: Word of the Day
faek to təm
one employed to do a wide variety of tasks.
The three years of his college life, if they had not made him a Newton, or a Bacon, had done him no harm, filling his mind with the germs of ideas that were destined afterwards to become extremely useful to him. The young man was already, indeed, a sort of factotum, being clever and handy at so many things and in so many different ways, as early to attract the attention of the officers.
(James Fenimore Cooper – The Crater)
kaw rə skeIt
to give off flashes of light; sparkle; glitter.
I ran an appraising eye over the staff bike shed and glimpsed a Ridgefinder Gold Bowl Special, coruscating like a jeweller’s window display, and hung about with locks and chains like the front door of Fort Knox. (http://www.bikereader.com/contributors/misc/love.html)
A disco ball coruscates, too.
to show scorn or contempt for, esp. by openly or deliberately disobeying.
He flouted authority while at school and no one was surprised when he was expelled.
The poet flouted the rules of writing by using unorthodox punctuation and no capital letters.
1: to start to grow; send forth shoots, leaves, buds, or the like (often fol. by out or forth).
She was pleased to see that her new plants were burgeoning.
2: to grow or develop quickly.
New industries are burgeoning under the country’s new leadership.
As he gained hands-on experience in the field, his skills burgeoned.
dI sə peIt
1: to cause to disappear by, or as though by, dispersing or dissolving.
The sun dissipated the fog.
2: to waste by, or as though by, scattering or spreading widely; squander.
The young fool soon dissipated his fortune.
1: to disappear by, or as though by, dispersion or dissolution.
The fog dissipated as the day brightened.
2: to waste one’s health, money, talent, or the like.
“We do not get ice-cream every where, and so, when we do, we are apt to dissipate to excess. We never cared any thing about ice-cream at home, but we look upon it with a sort of idolatry now that it is so scarce in these red-hot climates of the East.” (Mark Twain, Innocents Abroad)