Thursday, July 28, 2011

Gibbosity

Definition: (from dictionary.com)
-noun
1. the state of being gibbous
2. a protuberance or swelling

Examples:
"The gibbosity on my face is too big to be covered by foundation; I can't go to prom looking like this!"
"Don't overreact, it's just a pimple. But just in case it doesn't go away, I'll find you a mask to cover that gibbosity."

Origin: (from etymonline.com)
"c.1400, 'bulging, convex,' from Late Latin gibbus 'hunchbacked,' from Latin gibbus 'hump, hunch,' of uncertain origin. Of the moon from early 15c.; also used from 15c. of hunchbacks."

Awkwardness rating: 6

I can't go to prom with a gibbosity on my face! (beautyoholic.blogspot.com)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Guffaw

Suggested by Adriana S.

Definition: (from dictionary.com)
-noun
1. a loud, unrestrained burst of laughter
-verb (used without object)
2. to laugh loudly and boisterously

Examples:
"Her tendency to guffaw when nervous has ruined a fair number of first dates."
"The comedian had a hearty guffaw at one of his jokes to make up for the silence from the audience."

Origin: (from etymonline.com)
"1720, Scottish, probably imitative of the sound of coarse laughter. Cf. gawf (early 16c.) 'loud, noisy laugh.' The verb is from 1721."

Awkwardness rating: 6

We are guffawing with you, not at you - maybe. (sawyouatsinai.com)

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Jalopy

Definition: (from dictionary.com)
-noun
1. informal. an old, decrepit, or unpretentious automobile

Examples:
"That jalopy has more rust on it than paint!"
"My first car was a real jalopy; the driver-side door didn't work so I had to climb in the window."

Origin: (from etymonline.com)
"'battered old automobile,' 1924 (early variants include jaloupy, jaloppi, gillopy), of unknown origin; perhaps from Jalapa, Mexico, where many U.S. used cars supposedly were sent."

Awkwardness rating: 4

It may be a jalopy, but it gets me where I need to go. (archuletacountyfair.com)