Archive for the ‘Vocabulary’ Category

“He uses words such as floccinaucinihilipilification in parliamentary debates”

February 3, 2018

https://www.economist.com/news/britain/21736159-eccentric-backbencher-has-become-one-most-important-politicians-country-jacob

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/floccinaucinihilipilification: noun 1. Rare. the estimation of something as valueless (encountered mainlyas an example of one of the longest words in the English language).

tickety-boo

April 10, 2017

From:  http://www.economist.com/news/britain/21720274-while-goods-european-union-pass-through-seamlessly-those-elsewhere-face-long

In context:   In November the government customs service gave it a “green” rating, meaning all was tickety-boo.

Definition:  adjective, Chiefly British Informal. 1. fine; OK. Origin of tickety-boo – – 1935-1940First recorded in 1935-40; perhaps expressive alteration of the phrase that’s the ticket (http://www.dictionary.com/browse/tickety-boo)