Monthly Archives: August 2012

Cahoots — What does this word mean?

Cahoots is today’s word.  Recently I did a blog post on on the definition of cohorts.   In my mind, the two words may be connected.

To be in cahoots means to have a partnership or be in a league with someone. It can also mean to collude or be in a conspiracy too.

Some thinks that when you are in cahoots with someone, you are in a questionable or secret partnership.
I have never heard this, but apparently some people so to go cahoots.  This means to share equally or partner up.

Junket — What is it?

Junket? Going on a junket is a term you hear when someone is going on a trip.  Are they using the word correctly?

Here are some definitions of the term junket:

Yes, a junket can be a trip or tour.  Usually there are some strings attached. This could be that the trip of is taken by a public official at the public’s expense.   Usually, these trips are to seek information—at least in theory.

It can also be a trip taken by a person who is the guest of a business seeking his/her favor.

Additionally, in a more casual manner, the junket might be a pleasure excursion include picnics or other outings.

Another lesser used definition of the word junket is a sweet, custard-like dessert. This treat is flavored with milk and rennet.

Rennet, for the uninformed—like me, is the lining membrane of the fourth stomach of a calf.  If it matters, the stomach  can belong to some other young animals.

Cohorts a definition

Recently, I saw an article and picture in the newspaper about a group of new principals in the school district.  The cutline/caption called them cohorts.  I wondered if this was the proper term.

Its seems like it is.  Here is the definition of cohort.

Cohorts can be a group or band of people or a company. Someone who is a companion or associate of yours is your cohort too. Lastly, people who share a common factor are cohorts.

Historically, the word definition for cohort was one of the ten divisions in an ancient Roman legion, numbering from 300 to 600 soldiers.