My word for today is stygian (stĭjˈē-ən), adjective; 1) a. Gloomy and dark, b. Infernal; hellish; 2) Of or relating to the river Styx.
distrain \dih-STREYN\, verb:
1. To seize the property of (a person) in order to compel payment of debts.
2. To levy a distress upon.
He would be thinking of her as a Fury coming to carry him off, or even as a tipstaff with warrant to distrain. Yet it was not she, but Love, that was the bailiff.
-- Samuel Beckett, Murphy
He had come up against a very crafty minx who, instead of seeking to distrain his effects, went for him instead, had him arrested and jailed.
-- Denis Diderot, Jacques the fatalist and his master
Distrain is ultimately a combination of two Latin roots, dis, "apart," and stringere, "to draw tight."
word of my day is blether...as in i went to my friends to day and had a good blether
1. a reading: a perusal of the current books.
2. the act of perusing; survey; scrutiny: A more careful perusal yields this conclusion.
orthoepy \awr-THOH-uh-pee\, noun:
1. The study of correct pronunciation.
2. The study of the relationship between the pronunciation of words and their orthography.
Another etymology, still more ancient, and sanctioned by the countenance of our ever to be-lamented Dutch ancestors, is that found in certain letters still extant, which passed between the early governors and their neighboring powers, wherein it is called indifferently Monhattoes, Munhatos, and Manhattoes, which are evidently unimportant variations of the same name; for our wise forefathers set little store by those niceties either in orthography or orthoepy, which form the sole study and ambition of many learned men and women of this hypercritical age.
-- Washington Irving, Knickerbocker's History of New York
Any one could then spell any word if he knew its pronunciation; the battle would shift to the field of orthoepy; and about such groups of words as "fog," "dog," "god," "grass," "gas," "path," "can't" and the like, which would vary in spelling with different styles of utterance, would flame up internecine wars.
-- Samuel McCoy, "Memory," The Reader, December, 1906.
Orthoepy is essentially a modification of the Greek orthoepeia, literally "correctness of diction."
sibi·lant (sib′ə lənt) adjective--having or making a hissing sound; Light bled from around its edges and harsh sibilant voices could be heard within.
you mean nobody has heard....funny I thought it was well known....that really is surprising...BIRD, BIRD, BIRD IS THE WORD !!!!!
Everybody's heard about the bird!