Good morning and happy Monday. Here is Wordsmith‘s explanation of this week’s words:

“Having all five vowels of the English language in a word would make it a rather unusual and uncommon word. How about all five vowels, once and only once? Wait! How about all five vowels, once and only once, and in order?

You’d think it would be something rare, but there are dozens of such words (see here and here.) in the English language. But look another way and you see that only one in 20,000 words in the language has these credentials. So only 0.005% of them make it to this ultra-exclusive language club.

On top of that you can even append the suffix -ly to these words to include the ‘sometime’ vowel y. Still these words do not violate any of their club’s entry requirements and bylaws. This week we’ll look at five such words.”

Enjoy all five, and enjoy your week!


affectious (uh-FEK-shuhs)

adjective: affectionate or cordial

Via French, from Latin afficere (to affect or influence). Earliest documented use: 1580

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“Bob Bevege’s affectious manner and wry smile belie the fact that he has the power to evict people from a racecourse or withdraw the licence of a racehorse trainer or jockey.”
Protecting the Integrity of Racing; Hawkes Bay Today (Hastings, New Zealand); Jan 12, 2006.

camelious (kuh-MEE-lee-uhs)

adjective: relating to the camel or its hump

From camel, from Latin camelus, from Greek kamelos. Ultimately from the Semitic root gml (camel), which also gave us jamal and gamal, the Arabic and Hebrew words for camel. Earliest documented use: 1902

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“It seemed a very Arabian thing to do, to sleep under canvas beneath huge hairy camelious blankets, so heavy that we were scarcely able to roll over in our sleep.”
A.J. Mackinnon; The Well at the World’s End; Skyhorse Publishing; 2011

adventious (ad-VEN-shuhs)

adjective: 1. coming from outside: not inherent or native
2. happening by chance
3. appearing in an unusual or abnormal place

A variant spelling of adventitious, from Latin adventicius (coming from without), from advenire (to arrive), from ad- (toward) + venire (to come). Earliest documented use: 1633

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“For the Greenies, the arrival of Musketaquid was almost adventious; they had never known Allston Brighton to have a visitor.”
Randy Steinberg; Concord; AuthorHouse; 2001.

majestious (muh-JUHS-shus)

adjective: impressive in a dignified or inspiring manner; stately; grand

From Latin major (greater), comparative of magnus (large). Ultimately from the Indo-European root meg- (great), which also gave us magnificent, maharajah, mahatma, master, mayor, maestro, magnate, magistrate, maximum, magnify, hermetic, magisterial, magnanimous, magnifico, mahatma, megalopolis, and mickle. Earliest documented use: 1685

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“His majestious sepulcher can be visited in the garden of his villa, where, also, are displayed his battle trophies.”
Anita Daniel; I Am Going to Italy; Coward-McCann; 1955.

Happy Friday!!

quodlibetal (kwod-LIB-uh-tuhl)

adjective: relating to a question or topic for debate or discussion

From Latin quodlibetum, from Latin quod (what) + libet (it pleases), meaning “whatever pleases”. Earlier the term referred to a mock exercise in discussion or debate. Earliest documented use: 1581

Usage (from Wordsmith
“All these examples are taken from William of Ockham’s quodlibetal questions.”
Alastair Minnis; Fallible Authors; University of Pennsylvania Press; 2008.


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