Word of the Day
Posted by adamswife on January 29, 2008
I have chosen two words for today. I couldn’t decide between them and choose just one.
First: kibitz (from Dictionary.com)
1. –verb (used without object) – to act as a kibitzer
2. –verb (used with object) – to offer advice or criticism to as a kibitzer: to kibitz the team from the bleachers
From Yiddish kibitsen “to offer gratuitous advice as an outsider,” from Ger. kiebitzen “to look on at cards, to kibitz,” originally in thieves’ cant “to visit”
When I was a teenager I asked one of the young men I knew if he was still standing there kibitzing. He thought I swore at him. Maybe that’s one of the reasons this is a favorite word. 🙂
Second: facetious (from Answers.com)
Definition: tongue-in-cheek, kidding
Antonyms: formal, grave, serious, unfunny
I think the reason I like the word facetious is that it so often describes me. I remember my mother telling me over and over, “Don’t be facetious!” Apparently I didn’t listen very well.
Do you have a favorite word or two? Please share.