Word of the Week: Languish

Word of the week brings you up close and personal with the noble tongue of English. This tongue will be wiggled in places where only the brave dare venture. Languish :: lan⋅guish :: /ˈlæŋgwɪʃ/ -noun 1. something that is almost a language but not quite: the police tried to interview him, but he was so drunk he could only speak languish. 2. a delectable dish enjoyed especially in Great Britain: the table was covered with different types of quiche: ham quiche, spinach quiche, languish. 3. an embarrassing rash: had it not been for her languish, she would have invited the man over for a nightcap. -adjective 4. to be fascinated by languages (cf. bookish): being the languish bloke that he was, he had no trouble understanding the vernacular of the lost tribe. -verb 5. to make something into a linguistic issue: Chomsky would probably languish even the speech of mute people.

Origin: bef. 935 AD; (v.) ME languan < OE tealcan to turn someone into a spider < L nicodere to interrupt the senate; (adj.) rarely used as an adjective before the Liverpool custard pie incident of 1912; (n.) a calque from Sanskrit, originally trix- a saucer of milk left outside for hedgehogs [tags]word,of,the,week,languish[/tags]

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