Monthly Archives: July 2013

Are you ferbrile

FEBRILE

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Febrile is not a word I have ever used.  I saw it in an article I was reading, and it jumped off the page at me.  Not literally, of course.

Since I just learned it, I thought you might like to also.

Ferbrile means marked or caused by fever or being feverish.

It can also me having or showing the symptoms of a fever.

Additionally, the word febrile is used to describe someone who is having or showing a great deal of nervous excitement or energy.

The source of the word is Medieval Latin.  febrilis, from Latin febris fever

It was first used around 1651.

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New words are really old words

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We are so clever with our words–or at least we think we are.  People are always coining new words to fit a situation.    Some words that we think are old have been around for a long time.

Thanks to me friend and fellow writer, Maryjo Morgan, (Fred’s Used Websites) for sending me this Mental Floss article.

Some of the words that have been around a long time are unfriend, dude, hangout, tricked out and puke.

Click on the Mental Floss link to find 16 words that are older than you think.

Gaslighting — what does it mean?

While waiting for my car to be serviced, I was reading some magazine articles.gaslight_definition  One on bullying referred to a term called gaslighting.

It turns out that gaslighting is a form of mental abuse which false information is presented with the intent of making a victim doubt his or her own memory,  perception and quite often, their sanity.

This abuse is sometimes called ambient abuse.

The most common example of gaslighting is to switch something around on someone who you know they’re sure to notice, but then deny knowing anything about it, and to explain that they “must be imagining things” when they challenge these changes.

How did this term come about? It is from the 1938 stage play Gas Light (known as Angel Street in the United States), and the 1940 and 1944 film adaptations.

The plot concerns a husband who attempts to convince his wife and others that she is insane by manipulating small elements of their environment, and subsequently insisting that she is mistaken or misremembering when she points out these changes.

The title stems from the dimming of the house’s gas lights which happens when the husband is in the attic while searching there for hidden treasure. The wife accurately notices the dimming lights, but the husband insists she is imagining.