Word of the Week (WOW) is a weekly challenge created by Heena Rathore P. It’s a fun way to improve vocabulary by learning new words every week.
To participate, simply do a post with your word and leave the link as a comment on Heena’s WOW post for this week (above link). It’s a nice post to do and will give you some practise with a dictionary, of which there are several online. Illustrations are by no means necessary, but it’s up to you.
I’m up to the letter Q this week. I started off by just choosing a word at random (perspicacious). Since then, I’ve been working through the alphabet, so I’ll be looking for a good word beginning with R next week.
*Note to exiledprospero, who kindly suggested a good word for me to do when I reached Q:
I was going to do Qixotic this week, Prospero, as you kindly suggested, but I discovered that Heena, who runs this challenge, had beaten me to it. So, if you’d like to see what Heena has to say about that excellent word, follow the link in her name above.
So, here is my WOW for this week:
Pronunciation: [kwag-mahyuh r, kwog-] (ˈkwæɡˌmaɪə; ˈkwɒɡ-)
Audio link to British and U.S. pronunciation here
Part of Speech: Noun
Adjective: Quagmiry (quag·mir·y)
1. A soft wet area of land that gives way underfoot.
2. A difficult or precarious situation; a predicament.
3. Anything soft or flabby.
predicament, difficulty, quandary, pass, dilemma, pinch, plight, muddle, impasse, entanglement, imbroglio. Informal usage: fix, jam, scrape, pickle, rabbit-hole, rattrap. sticky wicket.
Word Origin and History (Dictionary.com)
1570s, “bog, marsh,” from obsolete quaq “bog, marsh” + mire. Early spellings include quamyre (1550s), quabmire (1590s), quadmire (1600). The extended sense of “difficult situation, inescapable bad position” is recorded by 1766, but this seems to have been not in common use in much before the 19th century.
Use in a Sentence:
1. Martin had no problems on his bike ride until he reached the track through the woods where the slush and rain had turned it into a quagmire.
2. Continuous rain for days on end had turned the former battlefield into a quagmire.
3. The dilemma sucked Angela deeper and deeper into a quagmire of indecision.
If you’d like to see more interesting words, visit Heena’s page: