tachyphylaxis

Pronounced: tak-uh-fih-LACK-sis, noun

Notes: What a word! Some people might know this


Yesterday’s word

The word crepitate means “to make a crackling sound; crackle”

First usage

A rare dual usage; our word came into English in the early 1600s but with a different (and now obsolete) meaning (see below); the meaning given above is from the mid-1800s.

Background / Comments

Somehow, sitting in front of a “creptitating” fire doesn’t really have the same impact as sitting in front of a “crackling” fire. When our word first came into English in the 1600s, it meant “to fart”. Our word comes from the Latin word crepitātus, which is the past participle of crepitāre (to rattle; rustle; chatter; fart).

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

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