Skip to comments.Word for the Day, Monday, August 29, 2011-- ambagious
Posted on 08/29/2011 5:09:54 AM PDT by xsmommy
Word For The Day, Monday, 8/29/11
In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".
Circuitous, rambling, garbled, misleading. "Myna Bird gave such an ambagious speech at the conference that no one could think of a question to ask her when it concluded." Unlike ambiguous, which refers to vagueness and multiple interpretations, ambagious refers to twisting and winding in speech: "I think that anyone willing to navigate the ambagious language of the document could find a useful insight or two buried in it."
Etymology: The noun underlying today's Good Word is a back-formation from Middle English ambages "equivocation", the feminine singular Latin ambages "evasion, digression". The Latin word came from the same source as ambiguus "ambiguous", a combination of the prefix ambi-, "both, about, around" + agere "to move, drive". Ambi- also appears in ambidextrous, originally "both-right-handed". The root of agere can be found in a plethora of words borrowed from Latin, including agent, act, and agile.
Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence.
The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day.
The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-)
Practice makes perfect.....post on....
Here is my example with WFTD.
There was nonstop but ambagious coverage of Irene. El Bloombito did his part.
Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts #92 and #111 on this thread!)
Review Thread Two: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/14/03: Roister
Review Thread Three: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/28/03: Obdurate
No pushing at the door please!
A+++ isn’t that the truth.
Morning! Love the word - it describes the documents that attorneys draw-up. Having worked for attorneys, I feel justified in saying that!
it just doesn't roll off the tongue like "ambiguous."
being an attorney myself, i know you are justified in saying that : ) A+++
Oops, lets rephrase that - some attorneys, as well as politicians have a tendency to be both ambagious as well as ambigious. I think it’s in the water.
Sarah starts her last year in grade school today.
Pronunciation: æm-bay-jês. Was totally unfamiliar with this word when i came across it looking for something to bring to class today!
Thank you, you started my Monday off perfectly. Did you have much damage?
aminthebaguous — describing the condition of possibly having had too much to drink
you are getting to be old.... ; )
Curses! Misspelt it. Should be “aminthebagious”
So, ‘ambagious’ is a synonym for ‘a wookie’?
As soon as I read this article, I thought...LawyerSpeak
Cool word. I’d like to write a great magnum opus with lots of similar sounding words included, but I’m just too hungover this morning.
we had some trees down very near our house. i heard it at 2 am and shot up out of bed and woke xshub and xsgirls and made everyone go to the basement for the rest of the night. i knew it hadn’t hit the house bc i didn’t hear the thud, but i heard it split and then come down. Some good old boys from the middle of the state are up in NoVA looking for work cutting trees. We have one of them coming today to take care of the mess in our yard.