Word of the Week

ignominious – Marked by, full of, or characterized by disgrace or shame. Dishonorable. Deserving of shame or infamy. Despicable. Humiliating. Degrading.
Ignominious originated in Latin, then moved to French. We took it from there. Specifically, the word took its prefix (of sorts) from the Latin word ignorare, meaning “to ignore.” (Strictly speaking, the prefix ig– didn’t really exist in Latin, the way prefixes like pre- and sub- do. It was more closely related to the Latin prefix in-, meaning “not.” ) The main part of the word is derived from the Latin word nomen, meaning “name,” and the adjective ending -ous fit in at the end. Considering what the word ignominious means when translated directly from the Latin roots, it almost seems like having one’s name ignored would be preferable to being deserving of shame, despicable, or full of disgrace!

apitherapy  the use of substances produced by honeybees to treat various medical conditions
New in the online dictionary! Fun word to know…this includes anything from eating honey to being stung intentionally so as to reduce arthritis pain…apparently, bee venom is good for this. From the Latin root “apis,” meaning bee.

primaveral – relating to early spring. Spanish word for spring. Also somewhat close to the French “printemps,” also meaning spring.

leporine – resembling a hare. From the Latin root lepus, meaning “hare,” and the Latin suffix -ine, meaning “like” or “relating to.”

tirralirra  the note of a lark or robin or a sound resembling it. A pretty word, derived from the sound a lark or robin makes. Imitative, or onomatopoetic.