(Let no anti-preposition-ender decree that this theme should be titled "Words Into Which I've Recently Run".)
If we'd only take time to notice, we'd see what a richness of words we bump into just in our ordinary, day-to-day life. As this theme will illustrate. Each of its words is one I came across this week, without any special effort.
bona fide – genuine; real
– television ad (punning on "chicken with the bone in")
I once had a really skinny dog, sort of a bony Fido.
Give a man a fish and he can eat for one day; give a man a fishing pole and he will find an excuse to never work again.
Nollidj is power.
When Cher divorced Sonny, she was no longer Bono--Fide.
This term is used with humorous results in the movie, "O Brother Where Art Thou."
cri de coeur – a passionate appeal or complaint [French, ‘cry from the heart’]
The Wall Street Journal's comment on Obama's health-care address to American Medical Association:
– Wall Street Journal, June 16, 2009. Relevant part of Obama's address is here, at 30:40.]
Today's word was found on a trip to the zoo.
One meaning is "a helmet". That's rather uninteresting, in that there'd be little reason to use the word when you could just as well say "helmet". The fun is in the ancillary, zoological meaning.
I hope you enjoy the pictures.
casque – a helmet, or an anatomical structure that suggests a helmet
– New York Times, Jan. 16, 1996
British spelling? I'm betting that your source has in wrong, since Hand was a U.S. jurist, but I'll check.
I questioned that too, Shu, but let it stand with the British spelling. Spelling is chameleon-like too!
Two advertisements seen.
The first was spotted in the window of a small Mexican hole-in-the-wall restaurant. You don't want to cook tonight, but don't want to go out to dine and be seen in public?
impulsivity – the character of acting on impulse, without reflection or forethought. (Hence impulsivist, one who acts on impulse.)
An interesting quote, seen in the newspaper.
lustrate – to purify by means of ceremony
– Ryszard Kapuscinski's, Shah of Shahs (1982)