‘Duhm-bull-door’ /ˈdʌm.bəl.dɔːɹ/

n – A bumblebee. A blundering person.

“Many people forget that despite the popularized ‘Harry Potter’, Dumbledore is actually an alternative name for what is more commonly called a bumblebee”


Compound of dumble (similar to bumble) +‎ dor (“a buzzing flying insect”). From Middle English dorre, dore, from Old English dora (“humming insect”), from Proto-Germanic *durô (“bumblebee, humming insect”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰer-, *dʰrēn- (“bee, hornet, drone”). Related to Saterland Frisian Doarne (“hornet”), Middle Low German dorne (“bumblebee”), Middle Dutch dorne (“bumblebee”), Dutch dar (“drone”), Old English drān (“drone”).


per-suh-flawj, /ˈpɝː.sɪ.flɑːʒ/

n – Good-natured banter; raillery. Frivolous, lighthearted discussion of a topic.

“Polite dinner calls for persiflage rather than in-depth possibly offensive discussion.”

From French, from persifler (“to quiz, tease, mock”), from per- + siffler (“to whistle”), from Latin sībilō (“whistle”)



adj – Very cold; icy or frosty.

“He waited in ghastly silence under the stairs as the doors flung open, sending in a gelid breeze.”


First attested in 1630. From Latin gelidus (“cold”), from gelu (“frost”).

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adj – Having multiple meanings or interpretations.

“I find polysemous words like ‘bat’ or ‘bank’ confusing to teach.”

From Medieval Latin polysēmus, from Ancient Greek πολύσημος (polúsēmos), from πολύς (polús, “many”) + σημαίνω (sēmaínō, “I signify, mean”).



n – gentleness, tameness.

“In any case, the mansuetude of the good emperor was in this respect shielded from all reproach.”


Via Middle French mansuetude or directly from Latin mansuētūdō, from mansuētus, perfect passive participle of mansuēscō (“I tame”), from manus (“hand”) + suēscō (“become accustomed”).


/ˈkwɛɹ.jə.ləs.li/|From Old French querelos, from Late Latin querulōsus, from Latin querulus, from queror (“I complain”).

adj – With grumbling, complaining, or whining.

“Her tone was now querulous and her lip drawn up, giving her not a joyful, but an animal, squirrel-like expression.”

“And why should I do that?” He asked querulously, stomping his foot.


/ˈbɪbjʊləsli/ | From Latin bibulus (“freely or readily drinking”) (from bibō (“I drink”); whence also beverage and imbibe) +‎ -ous.

adj – In a bibulous manner; drunkenly; as if intoxicated.

“The bibulous teenager tried to hide his drinking problem from his parents.”
“He entered the room bibulously, and everyone knew he was coming from the local bar.”


/păn”ə-sē’ə/ |From Ancient Greek πανάκεια (panákeia). From πᾶν (pân, “all”) (equivalent to English pan-) + ἄκος (ákos, “cure”).

n – A remedy believed to cure all disease and prolong life that was originally sought by alchemists; a cure-all. Something that will solve all problems.

“A monorail will be a panacea for our traffic woes.”