Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wordy Wednesday

I look forward to these days. The days where we can learn together or, at the very least, revel in our shared nerdiness. In fact, the other day I decided to start a board on Pinterest dedicated to words I love. There are only two pins on it, but I promise to be diligent about keeping up with the learning and sharing. Isn't that what life is about anyhow? Learning and sharing.

The word: Abominable

Here's an interesting tidbit of information, I actually noticed the wonderful way in which the word 'abominable' rolls off the tongue while reading up on the Abominable Snowman, otherwise known as the Yeti. The Abominable Snowman is an apish creature taller than humans and is thought to inhabit the mountainous regions of Nepal and Tibet. Our scientific community regards the Yeti as legend, giving the lack of evidence, but it remains the most popular subject of cryptozoology (which is the pseudoscience involving searching for animals that have not been proven to exist, like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster.) Cryptozoologists call the Abominable Snowman a cryptid, which is a creature or plant whose existence has been suggested but not proven or documented by science. So, basically, the stuff legends and myths are made of. 

Cryptozoology is another interesting word, coming from the Greek word 'kryptos - meaning hidden - and zoology which literally means the study of hidden animals. 

Let's circle back to abominable. An English word which came from the Latin word 'abominabilis'. It was once believed abominable meant inhuman or beastly and was actually spelled 'abhominable' until the late 17th century. Today we use it to describe loathsome behaviour or anything detestable. The example the online dictionary gave was 'an abominable cup of tea', which actually gave me a laugh. In my humble opinion, unless the tea was made from urine the word abominable seems a bit strong to describe a cuppa.

This week you are to use the word 'abominable' causally in a sentence and see if anyone remarks on it.

Proof the Abominable Snowman exists? 
Or just weird impression in the snow. 
You decide. 

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