Weekly Word: Retire

According to Merriam-Webster, the origin of the word retire is Middle French retirer, from re- + tirer to draw with it’s first known use in 1533.

While the word was originally used in conjunction with military action, such as to pull back one’s troops, such as was used in 1533: “He had commandit his army to retere abak.”

Now we most often use it to express when someone is leaving one’s employment or office or to withdraw from an activity or sphere of activity.  The other way we tend to use retire is to go to bed or to rest.

It is with this that I am saying that the weekly Word Nerd is retiring, we are putting it to rest.  While it has been fun, and hopefully you have earned a thing or two, this weekly feature has run it’s course.  So, I’m leaving you today with a poem.

Zac Brown sang a tune
that often makes me swoon
about an island and a boat
to make your worries seem remote
it makes me want to retire
and sit by a campfire
with margarita in hand
you’ll find me playing in the sand

Here’s the song that makes me want to retire

Feel free to add your 6 word stories.

Calling all Word Nerds for June scheduling

We are looking to fill the Word Nerd calendar for June. Please post your reply and let me know what dates you would like. I will take whatever date doesn’t get picked. Does ANYONE ELSE want to write about a favorite word? Don’t be shy. You don’t have to be a word nerd just to join in the fun.

Do you want/need a reminder as your date approaches? I’ll happily send reminders to whomever needs. Please state in your reply.

Your @name
What date(s) you want & do you want a reminder?
Ongoing or one time (if you aren’t a regular contributor)

Any questions, thoughts, comments…

June 6
June 13
June 20
June 27
July 4

A couple reminders, please remember to tag your post #etymology, #weekly so they will show up those categories. Also, when you post, there are 3 dots in the upper right hand corner, please click on that and “stick post to home”. The admins will unstick the next day.

Thanks all!

@mkjackie99
@ananyabha
@brendablagdon
@sashay909
@kristinavanhoos
@piyushavir
@wynstep

logo/graphic designer

I’m working with a horse stable that has a nonprofit therapy program. I’m redoing the website and at this point, taking over facebook. Do you know anyone, student or professional, who would be willing to design a logo for free?
Spread the word to anyone you know and please ask them to contact me at lulaharp .pdx @ gmail .com (remove the spaces)

Word of the Week: Expedite

Everyone seems to be in a hurry all the time.  Everything needs to be done yesterday.  When did this shift occur in the time space continuum that there wasn’t/isn’t enough time to do everything we need or want to do? Continue reading

#etymology, #weekly

Hey YOU!

Yes, you… With the blog and something to say… Do you have a favorite word? We’d love to hear about it. Something you find yourself saying all the time. Does someone say something that drives you bonkers? I have so many friends who hate the word moist. Does it bug you? What is it you enjoy about old English? Or British versus American English. What is you love or hate about slang?

We know you have some words that you love and hate. We want to know about them. So what we need is for YOU to write a post telling us about that word. Tell us a story, tell us anything, write a poem, a limerick, a haiku, and then tell us the definition and the origins of your word.

Does this sound like something familiar? This is our WEEKLY WORD NERD FEATURE ON ETYMOLOGY! 
Short term, I have two dates I need to fill. You can write in advance and “schedule” it to post for you. Or if you are like me, you can post the day of. I need someone May 6 & 30th.

Whether you’d like to do it once or on going is up to you. Please reply with the following information.

Your @name
What date(s) you want & do you want a reminder?
Ongoing or one time
Any questions, thoughts, comments…

Thanks all!

#etymology

site question/idea

can we have the list of site members that runs down the right hand side in alphabetical order? The order it is in now makes it difficult to find someone. Thanks
#idea

Calling Word-Nerds for May

We are looking to fill the Word Nerd calendar for May. Please reply and let me know what dates you would like. I will take whatever date doesn’t get picked. Does ANYONE ELSE want to write about a favorite word? Don’t be shy. You don’t have to be a word nerd just to join in the fun. Just reply to this post.

Do you want/need a reminder as your date approaches? I’ll happily send reminders to whomever needs. Please state in your reply.

4/18 Barb
4/25 Ananya
5/2 Lula Harp
5/9 Barb @barbct
5/16 amommasview
5/23 Ananya
5/30 (FYI, Memorial Day) xaranahara

A couple reminders, and I’m guilty of remembering these as well. Please remember to tag your post #etymology, #weekly so they will show up those categories. Also, when you post, there are 3 dots in the upper right hand corner, please click on that and “stick post to home”. The admins will unstick the next day.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.
Thanks for expanding our vocabulary!

@barbct
@mkjackie99
@ananyabha
@brendablagdon
@sashay909
@piyushavir
@wynstep