weltschmerz \VELT-shmerts\ noun – Sentimental pessimism; sorrow that one feels and accepts as one’s necessary portion in life. Origin: Weltschmerz comes from German welt, “world” and schmerz, “pain.” The term was coined by Jean Paul Richter in 1810.
fungible [fuhn-juh-buh l] adjective – (especially of goods) Being of such nature or kind as to be freely exchangeable or replaceable, in whole or in part, for another of like nature or kind. Origin: From Medieval Latin “fungibilis,” from Latin “fungi” (to perform)
osmose \ oz-MOHS \ verb – To gradually or unconsciously assimilate some principle or object. To undergo osmosis. Origin: Osmose comes from the biological term osmosis, “the tendency of a fluid, usually water, to pass through a semipermeable membrane into a solution where the solvent concentration is higher, thus equalizing the concentrations of materials on [...]
corybantic \ kawr-uh-BAN-tik \ adjective – Frenzied; agitated; unrestrained. Origin: Corybantic owes its English use from Latin, but originally refered to a Corybant, a a wild attendant of the goddess Cybele.
vociferate \ voh-SIF-uh-reyt \ verb – To speak or cry out loudly or noisily; shout; bawl. Origin: Vociferate derives from the Latin combination vox, “voice,” and ferre, “to bear.”
bivouac \ BIV-wak, BIV-uh-wak \ noun – An encampment for the night, usually under little or no shelter. intransitive verb – To encamp for the night, usually under little or no shelter. Origin: Bivouac comes from French bivouac, from German Beiwache, “a watching or guarding,” from bei, “by, near” + wachen, “to watch.”
bumptious \ BUMP-shuhs \ adjective – Crudely, presumptuously, or loudly self-assertive. Origin: Bumptious is perhaps a blend of bump and presumptuous.
rubicund \ ROO-bih-kund \ adjective – Inclining to redness; ruddy; red. Origin: Rubicund comes from Latin rubicundus, “red, ruddy,” from rubere, “to be red.”
eclat \ ey-KLAH \ noun – Brilliance of success, reputation, etc. Showy or elaborate display. Acclamation; acclaim. Origin: Eclat comes from the French eclat , “fragment, burst, splinter, flash,” which relates to esclater , “to burst, break violently.”