My friend Hanna passed along this deadly website to me this morning, and I have already used it for many valuable minutes of procrastination. It’s one of those play-a-game-to-defeat-world-hunger sites, and the particular gimmick is that you get to guess what words mean! If you are as excited about this as I am, then I know why we are friends. If not, we can still be friends (I don’t mind).
Today, I learned the meaning of the following wonderful words:
scofflaw = repeat offender
paraph = flourish after signature
supernal = celestial
viviparous = producing live offspring
saponaceous = soapy
fruticose = shrubby
sibylline = prophetic
suspire = sigh
dipsomania = alcoholism
roily = turbid
Hanna also suggests that you enliven the game by trying to remember why you know the meaning of certain words. Why, for example, did I know that “abaca” is a word for “manila hemp”?
The semester’s almost over!
*footle = waste time