Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Bourgeois
 
Pronunciation: (boor-ZHWAH, BOOR-zhwah)
 
Definition: (noun, adj)
 
1) A member of the middle class.
2) One who exhibits behavior in conformity to the conventions of the middle class.
3) In Marxist theory, a member of the capitalist class.
4) Belonging to the middle class.
5) Marked by a concern for respectability and material interests.
6) Mediocre or unimaginative: lacking artistic refinement.
 
Etymology: From French bourgeois, from Latin burgus (fortress, fortified town), from West Germanic burg. Ultimately from the Indo-European root bhergh- (high) which is also the source of iceberg, belfry, borough, burg, burglar, bourgeois, fortify, and force. Earliest documented use: 1564.

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Bromidic
 
Pronunciation: (broh-MID-ik)
 
Definition: (adj)
 
1) Commonplace; trite.
2) pertaining or proper to a platitude; being a bromide
3) lacking in originality
4) given to uttering bromides
5) dull and tiresome but with pretensions of significance or originality
 
Etymology: From the former use of bromide compounds as sedatives. Bromine got its name from the Greek bromos (stench) due to its strong smell. Earliest documented use: 1906.