Sunday, January 17, 2010

Dictionary Highlights: Day 16

Auge - a daughter of King Aleus who became a priestess of Athena. After being raped by Hercules she bore a son, Telephus.

I didn't realize Hercules could be such an unsavory character. I mean, he's played by Kevin Sorbo!

aught - anything whatever; any part: for aught I know

Not to be confused with ought

Aunt Jemima - Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a black woman considered by other blacks to be subservient to or to curry favor with whites.

Not as offensive as Aunt Jo'Moma

aurify -
1. to cause to appear golden; gild: Dawn came, and sunlight aurified the lead-gray ocean.
2. to transmute into gold.

Another word we should all add to our daily vocabulary

austral - Of, relating to, or coming from the south.

Now we know how they named Australia

autarchy -
1. absolute sovereignty.
2. an autocratic government.
3. autarky.

autarky -
1. the condition of self-sufficiency, esp. economic, as applied to a nation.
2. a national policy of economic independence.

Two words that sound the same, have completely different definitions, yet the first can also mean the second. The English language is confusing!

autodidact - a person who has learned a subject without the benefit of a teacher or formal education; a self-taught person.

Autolycus - Classical Mythology. a thief, the son of Hermes and Chione, and the grandfather of Odysseus. He possessed the power of changing the shape of whatever he stole and of making it and himself invisible.

aver -
1. to assert or affirm with confidence; declare in a positive or peremptory manner.
2. Law. to allege as a fact.

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