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.

Quote of the Day

The word “travel” comes from the Old French word “travail” (or “travailler”), which means “to work, to labor; a suffering or painful effort, an arduous journey, a tormenting experience.” (“Travel,” thus, is “a painful and laborious journey”). Whereas “to wander” comes from the West Germanic word “wandran,” which simply means “to roam about.” There is no labor or torment in “wandering.” There is only “roaming.” Wandering is the activity of the child, the passion of the genius; it is the discovery of the self, the discovery of the outside world, and the learning of how the self is both “at one with” and “separate from” the outside world. These discoveries are as fundamental to the soul as “learning to survive” is fundamental to the body. These discoveries are essential to realizing what it means to be human. To wander is to be alive.
 
Roman Payne