splenetic

Pronounced: splih-NEH-tick, adj

Notes: This is a word I should have known, but didn’t


Yesterday’s word

The word cremnophobia is “a fear of precipices or cliffs”

First usage

This is a relatively recent word; it showed up in the early 1900s

Background / Comments

As I noted, this is not fear or cremation; the -phobia we known to be “fear of”, and the first part comes from Latin cremnos (overhanging cliff). As someone said, “I’m not afraid of heights; just of falling from them.”


Rejected word

I don’t know how well known it is, but I happen to know the meaning of quisling from my reading, so I didn’t use it. If you don’t know it, look it up and enjoy the origin.

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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