Set 52 – Five New Words For Dec 22

Theme –  Words from various languages that built the English language

1. behoove

verb tr., intr.: To be necessary, worthwhile, or appropriate.


“And it will behoove you to keep my visit and our secret to yourself.”

“It may behoove Google to take these suits to trial in order to clarify a principle.”

2. ugsome (UG-suhm)

adjective: Dreadful, loathsome.
[From Old Norse ugga (to fear)]

“She believed it was a step in the right direction that would eventually lead to abolishment of the ugsome deeds befalling all of them.”

3. abjure

verb tr.:
1. To avoid or abstain from.
2. To renounce under oath.

“Many modern writers abjure the power of stories in their work, banish them to the suburbs of literature, drive them out toward the lower pastures of the lesser moons.”

4. purlieu (PUHR-loo, PUHRL-yoo)

1. A neighboring area.
2. A place that one frequents or has control; haunt.

“Dr Vince Cable remains in his post, though with this particular issue removed from his purlieu.”

5. cumshaw

noun: A gift or a tip.
[From Chinese (Amoy/Xiamen dialect), kan (to be grateful) + hsieh (thanks).]

“All those extra bodies don’t necessarily increase the chances for cumshaw, according to some tip recipients.”
Sean M. Wood; Tourism Doesn’t Fill Their Tip Jar; San Antonio Express-News (Texas); Apr 7, 2006.


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