Flabellate. It’s an adjective meaning “fan-shaped.” Merriam-Webster and LACMA are playing a “match the word with the picture” game this week on Twitter, and it’s a much pleasanter distraction from certain daily horrors than the other daily distractions we’ve been getting from said horror-makers on Twitter. Other highlights from the game: kinker and natiform. What will tomorrow bring?
I am really quite astounded at how little I can accomplish some days, particularly if it’s cold and wet outside. Now, I’m inside and I don’t know why what’s going on outside should have any effect on me, but my activity tracker says I’ve taken zero steps today so obviously something’s up.
I want to say I’m developing a
hibernacle, but a hibernacle is not a barnacle you get when you’re hibernating. The emphasis is not on the second syllable, but the third. A hibernacle is your tabernacle when you’re hibernating. I guess I am developing a hibernacle after all. It’s the couch. Praise be, and pass the fuzzblanket.
Thanks to Merriam-Webster’s Winter Words quiz for the inspiration today
Today’s word came to me via Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day a couple of weeks ago.
Purfle is a verb meaning to ornament the edge or border of something. I didn’t think much of “purfle” when I first read the word, but the further I got into the definition and usage examples, the sillier it seemed to me.
The gerund form of purfle is “purfling.” Merriam-Webster’s first example of the word used in a sentence was: “The luthier used abalone shell to purfle the instrument.” The second example said something about someone’s robe being “purfled with minever.”
It all sounds like a euphemism for something. Something having to do with flatulence and pinky fingers when someone’s asleep.