Good morning – in my sleepy, cold haze yesterday I completely forgot to post the Word of the Day, but that means you get two today! Enjoy these, and enjoy the rest of your week.

Here is the theme for the week:

“Every new word comes with the message that humanity hasn’t yet given up. It tells us we are still hopeful. We are still trying to make sense of the world around us. We want to find words that help us describe our thoughts, ideas, inventions, and whatever new comes up.

There are many ways we bring a new word into the language: by borrowing, by coining, by adapting an existing word in a new sense, and more. This week we’ll see some of the words that got added to the English language in various ways”

sitzmark (SITZ-mark, SITS-)

noun: a mark made by someone falling backward in the snow

From German sitzen (to sit) + mark. Earliest documented use: 1935. Two related words are sitzfleisch and sitzkrieg.

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“He’d practically worn a sitzmark in the concrete there, so fond was he of that particular fishing hole.”
Marthanne Shubert; A Woman to Blame; Uncial Press; 2009.


outro (OU-tro)

noun: the concluding part of a piece of music, program, etc.

Modeled after intro. Earliest documented use: 1967

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“Bassist John Deacon is not credited with vocals on any of the albums, the rock section, and finally, the tapering down of the song with the outro.”
Aparna Narrain; 40 years of Bo Rhap; The Hindu (Chennai, India); Nov 2, 2015.

solipsism (SOL-ip-siz-uhm)

noun: 1. the view or theory that the self is all that exists or can be known to exist
2. self-absorption or self-centeredness

From Latin solus (alone) + ipse (self). Earliest documented use: 1836

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“These feckless fudgewits who think the world stops when they close their eyes and only becomes real once they open them again. That kind of solipsism is part of the joy of being young, of course.”
Meet the Exiles on Vain Street; Irish Independent (Dublin); Jun 5, 2015.

intrapreneur (in-truh-pruh-NUHR, -NOOR, -NYOOR)

noun: an employee who works as an entrepreneur within an established company, having the freedom to take risks and act independently

A blend of intra- (within) + entrepreneur, from French entreprendre (to undertake), from Latin inter- (between) + prendere (to take). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ghend-/ghed- (to seize or to take), which also gave us pry, prey, spree, reprise, surprise, osprey, prison, impregnable, impresa, pernancy, and prise. Earliest documented use: 1978

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“’Don’t change companies, change the company you’re in,’ advises one social intrapreneur.”
Stefan Stern; How to Build a Better World from Inside Business; Financial Times (London, UK); Apr 24, 2014.

bathos (BAY-thas, -thos)

noun: an abrupt descent from lofty or sublime to the commonplace; anticlimax

From Greek bathos (depth). Earliest documented use: 1638

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“Yet still there is a notion that real space exploration needs real people. And so we are forced to witness, on the one hand, the bathos of astronauts taking pizza deliveries on the International Space Station, a mere 400km from Earth’s surface — and on the other, the genuine tragedies of men and women dying in our attempts to put them in space.”
Philip Ball; Philae is Boldly Going Where No Man Should Go — Let’s Leave Space to the Robots; The Guardian (London, UK); Jun 15, 2015.

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