Word of Week (WOW) – Buffoon

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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).

I’ve now been through the alphabet once, so I’ve started again, and am now looking at the letter B.

So, here is my WOW for this week: 

buffoon

Word:

Buffoon

Meaning

  1. A person who does silly things, usually to make other people laugh:
Jester-Joker Card001 by GoShaw. Creative Commons
Jester-Joker Card001 by GoShaw. Creative Commons

2.  A person given to coarse or undignified joking (a boor).

Pronunciation:  

buf·foon  [buhfoon]

Audio: buffoon. (No discernible difference between UK and US pronunciations for this one.)

Part of Speech: 

Noun

Related Forms:

Noun: buffoonery

Adjective: buffoonish

Word Origin:

Mid 16th century: from French bouffon, from Italian buffone, from medieval Latin buffo, meaning ‘clown’. Originally recorded as a rare Scottish word for a kind of pantomime dance, the term later (late 16th century) denoted a professional jester.

“Buffoon Playing a Lute”. Auhtor Frans Hals, 1623. Oil on canvas. Current location: Louvre Museum. Photographer: Web Galley ally of Art. Public Domain

Synonyms:

jester, clown, fool, boor, comic, comedian, wag, joker, dag (New Zealand, informal) harlequin, droll, silly-billy (informal), joculator or (fem) joculatrix, merry-andrew, zany, prankster.

Antonyms:

None

Use in a Sentence:

1. Once she got behind her desk, the generally quiet Teresa seemed to transform into a buffoon, hurling coarse and insulting remarks at her colleagues:

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2. I hoped my husband would stop acting like a buffoon before our friends deserted us at the party:

shutterstock_580473. In most of their films, Bob Hope played the buffoon of the comedy duo, whilst Bing Crosby was the straight man.

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Screen shot of Bob Hope (left) Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour from “The Road to Bali”, 1952. Public Domain4. Adjecive use:  Six-year-old Jonathan was not impressed by the clown’s buff

4. (Use of related noun) On his first visit to the circus, Jonathan was not impressed by the clown’s constant buffoonery:

Image courtesy of Pixabay
Image courtesy of Pixabay

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Word of Week (WOW) – Aplomb

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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).

I’ve now been through the alphabet once, so I’m starting again with the letter A.

So, here is my WOW for this week: 

aplomb

Word:

aplomb

Meaning: 

  1. Self-confidence or assurance, especially when in a demanding situation:

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2. The perpendicular or vertical position:

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Plum-bob suspended on a string. Author: Jim Thomas. Commons

Pronunciation:  

a·plomb

uh-plom  [uh-pluhm]

Audio: aplomb (Quite a difference between the UK aand US pronunciations with this one.)

Part of Speech: 

Noun

Related Forms:

None

Word Origin:

1828, from the French aplomb (16th century) literally“perpendicularity”,  from the phrase à plomb “poised upright, balanced” –  literally “on the plumb-line,” from the Latin plumbum “(the metal) lead” of which the weight at the end of the line was made (as image above).

Synonyms:

equanamity, calmness, collectedness, composedness, composure, cool, coolness, countenance, equilibrium, imperturbability, placidity, repose, sangfroid, self-composedness, serenity, tranquility, tranquilness

Antonyms:

agitation, discomposure, perturbation, confusion,  doubt, uncertainty.

Use in a Sentence:

  1. Susan passed her driving test with her usual aplomb:

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2. The famous artist showed aplomb when surrounded by so many reporters:

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(Artist Florentijn Hofman surrounded by reporters. Shutterstock photo.)

3. The word aplomb comes from the use of a ‘plumb-line’ (with a metal weight, or ‘plumb-bob’, suspended at the end of it) to determine the verticality or depth of a building undergoing construction:

A plum-square from 'Cassell's Carpentry and Joinery'. Public Domain.
A plum-square from ‘Cassell’s Carpentry and Joinery’. Public Domain.

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Word of Week (WOW) – Zoomorphic

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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).

I’m up to the letter Z this week another letter with limited choice, so I’ll be happy to get back to starting the alphabet again.

So, here is my WOW for this week: 

zoomorphic

Word:

Zoomorphic

Pronunciation:    

zoo-morphic (UK)  

zo-o-mor-phic  [zoh-uhmawr-fik]  (U.S)

Part of Speech: 

Adjective

Related Forms:

Noun: zoomorph; zoomorphism

Meaning:

  1. of or relating to a deity or other being conceived of as having the form of an animal:
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Pavement mosaic with the head of Pan. Roman artwork, Antonine period (138-192 CE). Public Domain

Pavement mosaic with the head of Pan. Roman artwork, Antonine period (138-192 CE). Public Domain

2. characterised by a highly stylised or conventionalised representation of animal forms:

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Zoomorphic decoration from the Book of Kells. Uploaded by Soerfin. Public Domain

3. representing, or using, animal forms:

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In Hinduism, the cow is the symbol of wealth, strength, abundance, selfless giving and a full Earthly life. Attribution: copyrighted to Himalayan Academy Publications, Kapaa Kauai, Hawaii. Commons

 

Synonyms:

None

Word Origin:

Late 19th century: from  zoo ‘of animals’ + Greek morphē ‘form’ + -ic

Use in a Sentence:

1. The Egyptian gods were often depicted as zoomorphic.

2. It was a very warm day when we visited the street fair, and one young man had taken off his shirt, revealing a zoomorphic tattoo on his left shoulder:

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Vincent Gallo tattoo at the Urban Bear strees Fair. Author: istolethetv. Commons

3. The White Horse at Uffington is thought to be a zoomorphic representation of some symbol or belief of a tribe of Ancient Britons, possibly the Artrebates:

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The White Horse at Uffington, Oxfordshire, UK. Author: USGS. Public Domain

The White Horse at Uffington, Oxfordshire, UK. Author: USGS. Public Domain

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