Pronunciation /ˈskampə/ verb no object, with adverbial of direction (especially of a small animal or child) run with quick light steps, especially through fear or excitement. noun in singular An act of scampering.
Origin Late 17th century (in the sense ‘run away’): probably from scamp.
It is little stretch to see that, for the purposes of evasion, a stride might not succeed so well as a scamper. Success is, however, in the actual escape.
Pronunciation /ʌpˈhəʊlst(ə)ri/ /ʌpˈhɒlst(ə)ri/ noun mass noun 1 Soft, padded textile covering that is fixed to furniture such as armchairs and sofas. 1.1 The art or practice of upholstering furniture.
Sam sank slowly into the upholstery of his easy chair. It always absorbs his fatigue, relaxing his day-drained muscles and releasing the tension in his joints. Very soon he naps, waking for supper, followed by a couple of hours watching baseball on TV with Edith before heading off to bed.
[Lexico didn’t offer an origin this time, so I consulted with Etymonline.com, checking ‘upholsterer’ and its recommended ‘uphold’.]
“tradesman who finishes or repairs articles of furniture” (1610s), from upholdester (early 15c.; early 14c. as a surname), formed with diminutive (originally fem.) suffix -ster + obsolete Middle English noun upholder “dealer in small goods” (c. 1300), from upholden “to repair, uphold, keep from falling or sinking” (in this case, by stuffing); see uphold (v.).
c. 1200, “support, sustain,” from up (adv.) + hold (v.). Similar formation in Old Frisian upholda, Middle Dutch ophouden, German aufhalten. Meaning “maintain in good condition or repair” is from 1570s. Related: Upheld; upholding.
In software circles, the people who keep (especially FOSS) programs up-to-date are called ‘maintainers’. Sometimes, the ones who work on the very core elements of operating systems and infrastructure are called ‘plumbers’. Nonetheless, I do not think ‘upholsterer’ will catch on for a maintainer of GUI software which allows us to use easy, comfortable clicks and gestures and to avoid the command line interface.
Pronunciation /əˈlɒpəθi/ noun mass noun The treatment of disease by conventional means, i.e. with drugs having effects opposite to the symptoms.
(British homoeopathy) Pronunciation /ˌhəʊmɪˈɒpəθi/ /hɒmɪˈɒpəθi/ noun A system of complementary medicine in which ailments are treated by minute doses of natural substances that in larger amounts would produce symptoms of the ailment. Often contrasted with allopathy
Origin Early 19th century coined in German from Greek homoios ‘like’ + patheia (see -pathy).
While I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV, I think vaccinations are more a case of homeopathy than allopathy.
Pronunciation /sɪɡˈnɪfɪk(ə)nt/ adjective 1 Sufficiently great or important to be worthy of attention; noteworthy. 2 Having a particular meaning; indicative of something. 2.1 Suggesting a meaning or message that is not explicitly stated. 3 Statistics Relating to or having significance.
Origin Late 16th century (in significant (sense 2)): from Latin significant- ‘indicating’, from the verb significare (see signify).
Sam saw that significant feature and bug-squashing progress had occurred, so he decided it was time to install the newest version of his favorite software.
[It may also be properly seen as significant that I did not choose the offered word from Lexico, “runagate”. Runagate is archaic. There are more modern and reasonably popular equivalents, so there’s little reason to try to promote the older, outdated word. There you go.]