Rumor has it that tsuwm, after long hiatus, has restarted his marvelous word-of-the-day. Clearly this is a challenge to me to do the same for mine. Though I can’t hope to meet his standard, I joyously take up the gauntlet. Welcome back, old friend!
mordant — (especially of humor) sharp or critical; caustic; biting
also noun: (when dyeing cloth, etc.) an additive to “fix” the dye; that is, to keep it from running or bleeding out
fraught — causing or characterized by emotional distress or tension
[fraught with — filled with a specified element, as fraught with danger]
[from the sense of "laden" (as a ship); cognate with freight]
Great to see you again, Wordcrafter!
I second that! Keep it up!
Thanks for the encouragement!
(And Geoff, I got the reference.)
sans culotte — (usually disparaging) an extreme radical or revolutionary
It cost money to turn a nation upside down, and the sans culottes could scrape up only so much by melting down church bells and expropriating noble estates. Anticipating modern central-banking practices, [they] turned to the printing press.
garrulous – talkative – usually in a negative sense of being long and rambling, wordy, or trivial; and tedious, tiresome and annoying
saltire – (accent on first syllable) an X-shaped cross (especially white on a blue background, as a national emblem of Scotland)
Sometimes a picture makes the word memorable.
Hi, wordcrafter! How great to hear from you!
This is a brand-new word for me. I looked it up & found it's based on the "St Andrew's cross;" he was crucified on a diagonal cross. But the etymology seems unconnected: word comes from Latin "saltare" to dance, Old French "saultoir" stirrup cord, stile [?], thence to Middle English. Etymonline.com suggests, "The connection between a stirrup and the diagonal cross is perhaps the two deltoid shapes that comprise the cross."