Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Wallop

Definition: (from dictionary.com)
-verb (used with object)
1. to beat soundly; thrash
2. informal. to strike with a vigorous blow; belt; sock
3. informal. to defeat thoroughly, as in a game
4. chiefly Scot. to flutter, wobble, or flop about
-verb (used without object)
5. informal. to move violently and clumsily
6. (of a liquid) to boil violently
7. obsolete. to gallop
-noun
8. a vigorous blow
9. the ability to deliver vigorous blows, as in boxing
10. informal.
a. the ability to effect a forceful impression; punch
b. a pleasurable thrill; kick
11. informal. a violent, clumsy movement; lurch
12. obsolete. a gallop

Examples:
"Wendy wants to wallop William when Wisconsin wins."
"The sauce on those chicken wings really packs a wallop."

Origin: (from etymonline.com)
"late 14c., 'to gallop,' possibly from Old North French *waloper (13c.), probably from Frankish *walalaupan 'to run well' (cf. Old High German wela 'well' and Old Low Franconian loupon 'to run, leap'). The meaning 'to thrash' (1820) and the noun meaning 'heavy blow' (1823) may be separate developments, of imitative origin."

Awkwardness rating: 5

That sauce packs a wallop! (sodahead.com)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Shoehorn

Definition: (from dictionary.com)
-noun
1. a shaped piece of horn, metal, or the like, inserted in the heel of a shoe to make it slip on more easily
-verb (used with object)
2. to force into a limited or tight space

Examples:
"I always keep a shoehorn in my purse in case my shoe falls off and I can't put it back on by myself."
"How can I shoehorn all your stuff into my tiny apartment?"

Origin: (from etymonline.com)
noun: "1580s, from shoe (n.) + horn (n.); earlier shoeing-horn (mid-15c.)."
verb: "in the figurative sense of 'to put or thrust (something somewhere) by means of a 'tool,' 1859, from shoehorn (n.). Earlier it meant 'to cuckold' (mid-17c.), with a play on horn."

Awkwardness rating: 4

A shoehorn in action. (maniacstore.com)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Bullyrag

Definition: (from dictionary.com)
-verb (used with object)
1. to bully; harass

Examples:
"The cat liked to bullyrag the dog by biting his tail."
"Her boyfriend bullyragged her so much at the party that she threw her drink on him."

Origin: (from dictionary.com)
1780-90; earlier ballarag, of obscure origin

Awkwardness rating: 7

If you bullyrag me, you are getting a wine shower. (sheknows.com)