Word of the Day

Friday, June 28, 2019

symposiarch

[ sim-poh-zee-ahrk ]

noun

a toastmaster.

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What is the origin of symposiarch?

The uncommon noun symposiarch comes straight from Greek symposíarchos “leader or master of a symposium,” extended in English to “toastmaster.” The suffix –arch (and prefix arch-) “chief, leader, ruler” is naturalized in English. Sympósion “drinking party” breaks down to the prefix syn– “with, together with” and –posion, a derivative of pósis “drinking, a drink,” from pínein “to drink.” Symposiarch entered English in the early 17th century.

how is symposiarch used?

By election, or by some other means, a symposiarch was selected to preside over the mixing and the toasts.

James N. Davidson, Courtesans and Fishcakes, 1997

After dinner, the symposiarch, who acted as master of ceremonies, laid down the rules for the evening and established the order of events.

Michael Norris, Greek Art: From Prehistoric to Classical, 2000
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Thursday, June 27, 2019

strawhat

[ straw-hat ]

adjective

of or relating to a summer theater situated outside an urban or metropolitan area: strawhat theater; strawhat circuit.

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What is the origin of strawhat?

Strawhat used as an attributive or adjective, as in strawhat circuit, was originally an Americanism and referred to the custom, still common, of people wearing straw hats in the summer for comfort. Strawhat entered English in the mid-1930s.

how is strawhat used?

Indeed, the strawhat impresario is not only at the mercy of the the customers but he is also subject to the tribulations and vagaries of the actors ….

Charlotte Harmon, "Confessions of a Strawhat Impresario," New York Times, June 16, 1957

After a million-dollar restoration, the old house reopened as a strawhat theater in 1963 with Price, a recent graduate of the Yale Drama School, as general manager.

Lynne Baranski, "Michael Price's Goodspeed Opera Doesn't Just Try Out Broadway Hits—It Creates Them," People, November 19, 1979
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

minimoon

[ min-ee-moon ]

noun

a short, usually inexpensive honeymoon, often followed by a longer honeymoon later on: They left the courthouse after the ceremony and had a weekend minimoon at The Plaza.

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What is the origin of minimoon?

Minimoon is an obvious blend of the combining form mini– and honeymoon. Minimoon entered English between 2005 and 2010.

how is minimoon used?

She always knew she would take a mini-moon followed by a second, more-elaborate trip because of the sheer effort involved in planning her 500-guest wedding.

Christina Valhouli, "A Little Getaway After the Big Event," New York Times, October 18, 2013

Bask in post-wedding bliss with a brief off-the-grid vacation that’s close to home, then follow it up a few months later with an epic, far-flung adventure that complements your minimoon experience.

Merritt Watts, "The New Way to Honeymoon," Vogue, October 5, 2015

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