Malversation, An Interesting Word With a More Interesting Meaning

I failed to post my word of the day yesterday, which I somehow don’t feel bad about because today’s word is a new word to me, well the word is new but the meaning is not so much. I was actually discussing something near this word’s meaning a few days back with a friend, well sort of friend. I am his child’s Godmother so yes, we are friends then. Here’s my word of the day as suggested by my ever smart dictionary app:

malversation mal-ver-SAY-shun

noun. 1: misbehavior and especially corruption in an office, rust, or commission 2: corrupt administration

Example:

The city council impeached the mayor for administrative misconduct and malversation, charging that he has used his office primarily for personal gain.

Further information about the word of the day (source: Merriam-Webster App for iPhone):

The form “mal-” is often a bad sign in a word, and “malversation” is no exception. In Middle French, “mal-” (meaning “bad,” from the Latin word for “bad,” “malus”) teamed up with “verser” (“to turn, handle,” from the Latin verb “vertere,” “to turn “) to create “malverser,” a verb meaning”to be corrupt.” This in turn led to the French noun “malversation,” which was adopted by English speakers in the mid-16th century. Some other “mal-” words that entered English from Middle French are “maladroit” (“inept”), “malcontent” (“discontented”), and “maltreat” (“to treat badly”).

Right, so what’s our discussion about? Well it has something to do about politics, yes, politics and I am glad to know that I am not alone in my views on politics. What’s my say on it? It’s something that makes good people go bad, unintentionally. I say unintentionally because I know that not everyone that enters politics has it in their mind to make use of the governments fund or to further deprive the people, there are those few who enters politics in a strong hope to make a change but fails in the end. Why do I think so? Well because of the people around them starting from the advisers to the higher ups and before they know it, they are doing the same thing that they promised not to do, by that time it’s too late to turn back and by that time, everything turns into a tragedy.

I do hope that in time, the necessary changes comes, in the near future mayhaps. Once the government has been rid of malversation, people like me would have a better say and view on politics and maybe finally stop questioning the system governing us.

[That Word This Saturday] Stymie

I had to smile when I read my word of the day. I literally stood in front of the bathroom mirror to practice saying it; I think it took me 10 tries not to smile. The word I am thinking of is so far apart in meaning from this one. Anyways, here’s my word of the day:

stymie STYE-mee

verb. to present an obstacle to : stand in the way of

Examples:

Progress on the project has been stymied by lack of funds.

Further information about the word of the day (source: Merriam-Webster App for iPhone)

Golf was being played in Scotland as early as the 15th century, but it wasn’t until the 19th century that the sport really caught on in England and North America. It was also in the 19th century that the word “stymie” entered English as a noun referring to a golfing situation in which one player’s ball lies between another ball and the hole on the putting green, thereby blocking the line of play. Later, “stymie” came to be used as a verb meaning “to bring into the position of, or impede by, a stymie.” By the early 20th century, the verb was being applied in similarly vexing non-golf contexts.

So it is golf related; I think I’d be able to use it while watching the golfers from the balcony. Lately it has been fun to watch, plenty of cute guys and gals. I’m just somewhat stopping myself from buying a yellow binoculars ala Go Dok-mi because hello, wide open spaces, I don’t want to embarrass myself.

That’s a new and interesting word there; stymie. Now all I have to do is not to confuse it with steamy, because it’s not a hot word at all.

[That Word This Saturday] Ostentatious

Err, what?! My word for today is kind of a mouthful, and a revelation, there’s a thin line difference. See, I knew I’ll get something from adopting this habit. Here’s my word of the day:

ostentatious ah-stun-TAY-shus

adjective: marked by or fond of conspicuous or vainglorious and sometimes pretentious display

Example: Now that he has money, Edwin wears expensive designer clothes, drives an ostentatious car, and frequents the trendiest upscale nightclubs.

Further information about the word of the day (source: Merriam-Webster App for iPhone):

“Showy,” “pretentious,” and “ostentatious” all mean given to outward display, but there are subtle differences in the meaning of these show-off words. “Showy” implies an imposing or striking appearance, but usually also implies cheapness or bad taste. “Pretentious” suggests an appearance of importance not justified by a thing’s value or a person’s standing. “Ostentatious” is the most peacockish of all, stressing the vanity of the display.

That is what I mean about the thin line difference so it is bragging but with different classes which is interesting, very, VERY, interesting.

[That Word This Saturday] Nonchalant

Right, so my word for today as recommended by my Merriam-Webster app is:

nonchalant nahn-shuh-LAHNT
adjective: having an air of easy unconcern or indifference

Examples:
The most experienced public speakers are able to address audiences with a nonchalant ease.

Further information about the word of the day (source: Merriam-Webster App for iPhone):
Since “nonchalant” ultimately comes from words meaning “not” and “be warm,” it’s no surprise that the word is all about keeping one’s cool. The French word “nonchalant,” which English speakers borrowed around 1730, has essentially the same meaning as our word. It was derived in Old French from the verb “nonchaloir” (“to disregard”) and can be traced back to Latin “non” (“not”) and “calēre,” meaning “to be warm.” “Unconcerned” is one synonym of “nonchalant,” along with “casual,” “complacent,” and “insouciant.”

Now this word is not something new to me and mostly I feel this way, why? Just because I tend to be nonchalant nowadays maybe because I don’t feel that connection to my surrounding and I know it is unhealthy. I’m trying hard to change that though and hopefully soon, I’ll be able to do that.

[That Word This Saturday] Writhe

My word for the day is not such a new word to me. I think I used this word in one of my poems, can’t recall but yeah, the word is not new. Here is the word that my dictionary app (Merriam-Webster) picked for me:

Writhe RYTHE verb. 1 : to move or proceed with twists and turns; 2 : to twist from or as if from pain or struggling; 3 : to suffer keenly

Example:

After falling off the ladder, James lay on the ground writhing in pain.

Further information about the word of the day (source: Merriam-Webster App for iPhone):

“Writhe” wounds its way to English from the Old English verb “wrīthan” (“to twist”) and is akin to Old English verb “wrigian” (“to turn or go”). “Wrigian” gave us the words “wriggle”, “awry”, and “wry”. When something wriggles it twists from side to side with quick movements, like an earth worm. When something goes awry, its twists or winds off course, or toward catastrophe. “Wry” can mean “bent or twisted” but usually implied clever, ironic humor. Nowadays, “writhe” often suggests the physical contortions one makes when enduring crippling pain or when trying to extract oneself from tight grasp (as an animal from a predator’s claws). Alternatively, it can imply an emotionally wrenching feeling (as of grief or fear) from which one seeks relief.

Interesting origin, that’s definitely new. Now that explains that certain feel whenever I use this word, it makes me think nobles, castles, knights and tragedies, heh. Which is why I was able to come up with something like this:

“Alas, that gnawing truth, I lost thee,

all has been for naught.

I clasp thee, writhe in tears,

as I beg the heavens for your breath.”

I knew I should stop reading those tragedies; oh well, I supposed it can’t be helped. And that has been my word for the day.

 

[That Word This Saturday] Mea Culpa

My word of the day that my dictionary app (Merriam-Webster) suggested:

mea culpa (may-uh-KOOL-puh) noun. a formal acknowledgement of personal fault or error.

Example: The mayor’s public mea culpa didn’t satisfy his critics.

Right, so what’s my initial reaction after reading my word of the day: “Hmmm, basically, mea culpa is a synonym of a confession” followed by “so a confession is not formal?” Yup, that’s how I reacted. Well it is the first time that I encountered this word and I’m not gonna pretend otherwise; I refuse to pretend, am putting that on my New Year’s Resolution.

Further information about the word of the day (source: Merriam-Webster App for iPhone):

“Mea culpa” which means “through my fault” in Latin, comes from a prayer of confession in the Catholic Church. Said by itself, it’s an exclamation of apology or remorse that is used to mean “It was my fault” or “I apologize.” “Mea culpa” is also a noun, however. A newspaper might issue a mea culpa for printing inaccurate information, or a politician might give a speech making mea culpas for past wrongdoings. “Mea culpa” is one of many English terms that derive from the Latin “culpa” meaning “guilt.” Some other examples are “culpable” (“meriting condemnation or blame especially as wrong or harmful”) and culprit (“one guilty of a crime or a fault”).

That’s another word added to my word bank and I think I went a bit overboard copying everything; mea culpa. Yes, I sneaked that in so I get to use my word of the day because what good is adding another word to my word bank if I can’t use it, am I right?

As I Strive to Develop, Grow and Remember

As the year ends and as I continue to get comfortable in my own home in the internet, I decided to be sort of systematic. Well it is sort of more because I think I do better or I function well enough if I have a goal or something. Look at how I nailed the 30 day blog challenge in nearly 30 days, that’s something. It would also be an encouragement for me to never give up and take on new things and don’t be overwhelmed just because it’s something I haven’t done before. I would also get to change, improve and polish my writing skills and thought process.

What am I babbling about? Well I came up with things or topics that I would write about on a daily basis, an upgrade of the 30 day blog challenge, a weekly challenge or a guideline of sort, a theme per day, you get the gist. Here’s what I came up with:

~ Monday – I’ll write about a certain song that I listened to or listening to or I listened to and now on repeat in my music player (also known as my iPhone.) That makes Mondays music day or That Tune on a Monday.

~ Tuesday – Since I watch and read way too much, I have way too much quotes that I like and sometimes forget. Thus writing about it doesn’t only make me completely analyze the quote, it makes me remember it easily too, because I can check it out anytime. Thus Tuesdays are about quotes or As I Quote Tuesday.

~ Wednesday – I’ll be posting poems that I wrote or the stories behind a dish that I cooked, whichever comes first and makes Wednesday either Poetry Wednesday or Wednesday’s Kitchen Stories.

~ Thursday – I’ll write about Korean Dramas/Movies that I watched; it’s either some musing, recaps (hoping to be brave enough to take that on,) reviews or some hopefully not so serious fangirling. It’s a day filled with drama, so calling it Dramatic Thursday is more than fitting.

~ Friday – is a rest day, it’s the weekend after all.

~ Saturday – English is not my native language, and as much as possible, I try to learn a new English word everyday (thanks to my Dictionary app it’s a whole lot easier now.) That said every Saturday; I am going to post about my word of the day or That Word This Saturday.

~ Sunday – this day I’ll be posting anything and everything, the choice is endless making Sundays Purely Random Sunday.

It’s very ambitious right? I thought so too but then it’s encouraging, it’s making sure that I write or continue to write. My pronunciation is already in danger; I can’t risk my grammar too.

In closing, with this I hope to develop at least my writing skills, grow with experience as I write one word after the other and remember the feeling, reaction and thought behind each word.