Pronunciation /ˈkrɪst(ə)l/ noun A piece of a homogeneous solid substance having a natural geometrically regular form with symmetrically arranged plane faces.
Origin Late Old English (denoting ice or a mineral resembling it), from Old French cristal, from Latin crystallum, from Greek krustallos ‘ice, crystal’. The chemistry sense dates from the early 17th century.
Bob has spent two days attempting to design a typeface he is calling “Twisty Crystal”.
Pronunciation /spriː/ noun 1 A spell or sustained period of unrestrained activity of a particular kind. 1.1 dated – A spell of unrestrained drinking. verb sprees, spreeing, spreed [no object] dated Take part in a spree.
Origin Late 18th century of unknown origin.
A spending spree is not for me. I do not have sufficient money. I try really hard to put off what I crave, And as a result, I am able to save.
Pronunciation /ˈstraɡlə/ noun 1 A person in a group who becomes separated from the others, typically because of moving more slowly. 1.1 Something that grows or spreads irregularly or apart from others of its kind.
It was a chore, to nag at her For too often being a straggler. She simply waved her rag of fur And replied, “I will not haggle, sir!”
[My silly rhymes probably perplex people while perpetually pleasing me.]
(also historise) Pronunciation /ˈhɪstərʌɪz/ verb 1 To tell the history of; to narrate as history. 2 To compose history or narrative; to take a historical view of something; to act as a historian.
Origin Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Bridges (?1536–1618), bishop of Oxford. From history + -ize. Compare post-classical Latin historizare.
With increasing age, when you reminisce, especially in writing, you probably historize. What you casually recollect may easily be something that today’s youth know nothing about.
[There is nothing really connecting this image with today’s word, since it is generally believed that, while cats might have nine lives, they do not record history. The image does combine images used in the past…hence historizing.]
Pronunciation /ˈbɛdfɛləʊ/ noun 1 A person who shares a bed with another. 1.1 A person or thing allied or closely connected with another.
According to etymolonline.com “fellow” is historically a genderless term, so bedfellow easily and effectively expresses close associations of all kinds. Though the common phrase “strange bedfellows”, to describe unexpected affiliations, may be the most familiar usage.
There is also the archaic term, “wedfellow”, referring to a spouse. Perhaps, with same-sex marriages having become common, that term will be resurrected.
Pronunciation /ˈpɑːʃ(ə)l/ adjective 1 Existing only in part; incomplete. 2 Favoring one side in a dispute above the other; biased. 3 partial to – Having a liking for. noun Music A component of a musical sound; an overtone or harmonic.
Origin Late Middle English (in partial (sense 2 of the adjective)): from Old French parcial (partial (sense 2 of the adjective)), French partiel (partial (sense 1 of the adjective)), from late Latin partialis, from pars, part- ‘part’.
Harry sought to impart a partial acceptance of his being partial to participles.