Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Wednesday Word: Celerity

celerity |səˈleritēnoun archaic or literary swiftness of movement.ORIGIN late 15th cent.: from Old French celerite, from Latin celeritas, from celer swift.
Sometimes I wonder how and why word usage changes. I can understand "landau" going out of fashion, but what was wrong with "celerity"? Aside from sounding like a root vegetable.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wednesday Word: Brumous

brumous |ˈbrəməsadjective literary foggy; wintry.ORIGIN mid 19th cent.: from French brumeux, from late Latin brumosus (from bruma winter).
That's the local scene from about a month ago—it gets foggy in my 'hood once in a few years. Currently it's summer in LA with sunny skies and temperatures in the eighties. Not a drop of rain in sight. El Niño has been a big disappointment so far.