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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Nov. 9, 2007 / 28 Mar-Cheshvan 5768

Fun with words

By Greg Crosby


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I bought a new dictionary recently so I thought it might be fun to do something thoroughly different in the column this week. I'm devoting the column to what I call, "FUN WITH WORDS." Catchy, no? Let's have amusement with words, boys and girls, shall we? Aren't you excited? You are? I thought so. Oh, boy! Here are several rather obscure words, how many do you know? Chine: 1. the backbone of an animal as it appears in a joint of meat. 2. a mountain ridge. However, it is not the luster you get when you clean your shoes.


Pettifogging: it means petty; trivial. It doesn't describe an insignificant mist drifting in from the coast.


Autarky: economic independence or self-sufficiency.


Gimcrack: it is showy but flimsy or poorly made. It is not a split in your gim.


Pelisse: it is a woman's ankle-length cloak with armholes or sleeves. It isn't who you call when you're being robbed.


Spatchcock: a dressed and split chicken for roasting or broiling on a spit.


Otiose: Of no use. Ineffective. Sort of like attempting to use this word in normal conversation.


Slumgullion: a watery meat stew. Actually, it sounds exactly like what it is.


Foison: a plentiful harvest. Pronounced like poison.


If you knew two or three of these, then you know more than most people. If you got them all, well goody for you, you obnoxious know-it-all!


The following funny alternative definitions of common words have been around for awhile and printed in various places. I think they're pretty good, though, and certainly worth repeating here.


Negligent: absentmindedly answering the door when wearing only a nightgown.


Balderdash: a rapidly receding hairline.


Coffee: the person upon which one coughs.


Lymph: to walk with a lisp.


Flabbergasted: appalled by discovering how much weight one has gained.


Abdicate: to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.


Flatulence: emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been run over by a steamroller.


Gargoyle: olive-flavored mouthwash.


Esplanade: to attempt an explanation while drunk.


Then there are words that are confusing. For instance:


Behead — shouldn't it really be dehead?


Height — why is it width, length, and breadth but not heighth?


Gruesome — if it's so extremely bad, why isn't it grueplenty?


Substantial — is this worse than stantial?


Preempt — is there no empt because something else always happens first?


Refrigerate — what is frigerate and why are we doing it again?


Redundancy — is dundancy sufficient?


Sister — why is it father, mother, and brother, but not sisther?


And what are the most beautiful words in the English language? Well, Wilfred Funk's list of the most beautiful words in English are: ASPHODEL, FAWN, DAWN, CHALICE, ANEMONE, TRANQUIL, HUSH, GOLDEN, HALCYON, CAMELLIA, BOBOLINK, THRUSH, CHIMES, MURMURING, LULLABY, LUMINOUS, DAMASK, CERULEAN, MELODY, MARIGOLD, JONQUIL, ORIOLE, TENDRIL, MYRRH, MIGNONETTE, GOSSAMER, ALYSSEUM, MIST, OLEANDER, AMARYLLIS, ROSEMARY.


But as far as James Joyce is concerned, CUSPIDOR is the most beautiful word in English. As the saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder — or in the cuspidor of the beholder.


Your homework assignment for the week is to figure out the meaning of the word FRIPPERY. Use it in a sentence for extra credit. And with that last word, I'll sign off until next week. Have a good one.

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