Word of the Day:

rebarbative :



The cantankerous professor foundthe musicclothing, and slangfavored by her students to be rebarbative

“For all the complaints about his abrasiveness, the shadow chancelloris simply doing his job.… He oncegave me a heartfelt radio interview in which he suggestedlike the character in the Roger Rabbit moviethat he was not so much bad but ‘justdrawn that way,’ and that maturityhad taken the edge off his rebarbative manner.” — AnneMcElvoyThe GuardianFebruary22, 2015

Did you know?
You may be surprised to learn thattoday‘s word traces back to the Latinword for beardbarbamaking it a very distant relative of the Englishword beard. But there is some senseto the connectionAfter all, beardsmay not be repellent, but they can be prickly and scratchyAnotherdescendant of Latin barba is the English word barbwhich can refer to a sharp projection (as found on barbed wire) or a biting criticalremarkboth of which can discourageothers from getting too close. An interesting side notebarber too traces back to barba—but by way of an Anglo-French word for beard.


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