Happy Friday! This is the first Word of the Day I’ve been able to do from the comforts of my living room – I feel indifferent about it, so it’s not that exciting I guess. Today ends the week of words with multiple, almost identical, definitions, and I hope you’ll look out on Monday for a new word and new category. I am off to celebrate the three day weekend, our nation’s Independence, and the beautiful weather that surrounds us. I may even maunder a large amount.
verb intransitive: 1. to talk aimlessly
2. to walk aimlessly
Of uncertain origin. Earliest documented use: 1622
Usage (from Wordsmith)
“Literary prizes in recent generations seem to go to maundering monuments to intentional obscurity, such as James Joyce’s Ulysses or Lawrence Durrell’s tour de force of labyrinthine inscrutability, the seemingly endless Alexandrine Quartets.”
Thomas P. Lowry; Owen Parry is Master of the Short Story; The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Virginia); Nov 27, 2004.
“Last year Goran Ivanisevic maundered around the world, winning only 14 matches.”
Stephen Bierley; Genial Ivanisevic Takes a Walk on the Wild Side; The Guardian (London, UK); Jul 9, 2001.