Word of the Day – Hype

Hype Meaning – Loud advertising and promotion. Example – 1) The new movie by Steven Spielberg is getting a lot of hype. 2) Don’t believe the hype ! Etymology – In the early 1800s, a ‘hype’ was a scam or swindle. A scam is a false story or trick through which someone tries to get money from other people. Modern advertising…

Word of the day – Hog

Hog Meaning – To selfishly claim all of something; to eat or take everything. Example – 1) Peter was hogging the food like he hadn’t eaten in days. 2) Nicolas, don’t hog the computer ! Other people want to use it too. Etymology – A ‘hog‘ is literally a pig, and pigs are famous for selfishly consuming their food. As slang, the…

Word of the day – Haywire

Haywire Meaning – Broken; in a state of chaos; not working. Example – 1) Jack lost all of his work when his computer wenthaywire. 2) The plane’s engine was haywire so we had to drive to Chicago. Etymology – Literally, ‘haywire’ is what holds a bale of hay (cut grass) together. It frequently breaks, however, and when it does it…

Word of the day – Hillbilly

Hillbilly Meaning – A person from the country, typically with crude manners, speech and dress. Example – 1) When I stepped onto his property, the hillbilly came out of his shack, grabbed his shotgun, and                                       yelled “Yeehaw!” 2) Man, I love that hillbilly music…

Word of the day – Gumshoes

Gumshoes Meaning – A detective or private investigator. Example – 1) Captain Harris assigned two gumshoes to the case. 2) Gumshoes come in all kinds, ranging from the experienced sleuth to the novice bungler. Etymology – Refers to the rubber sole on the shoes of many police officers. The phrase is frequently heard in the movies, especially in older film noir detective…

Word of the day- Gibberish

Gibberish Meaning – Speech that doesn’t make sense; nonsensical words and phrases. Example – 1) The stranger sat on the bench speaking gibberish to himself.           2) Sometimes it sounds like the computer programmers are speaking in gibberish. I’m sure the code stands for something though. Etymology – This comes from the Scandanavian words gibe/gipa/gape, which refer to…