Monthly Archives: May 2015

Dad bod –what is it?

Dad bod definition

Dad bod is a word I am hearing and seeing more and more.  I like to discuss dad_bod_definitiontrending words, so today it’s time to look at the definition of dad bod.

Vox.com says , “The term “dad bod” was virtually absent from American conversation until April 30, when a 19-year-old Clemson sophomore named Mackenzie Pearson penned a story in the Clemson Odyssey titled ‘Why Girls Love the Dad Bod.’ Her argument was counter-intuitive, suggesting that women are more attracted to men whose physiques reflect ‘a nice balance between a beer gut and working out’ than they are to hunks with washboard abs.”

A website called bustle.com adds, “Dad bod is a male body type that is best described as ‘softly round.’ It’s built upon the theory that once a man has found a mate and fathered a child, he doesn’t need to worry about maintaining a sculpted physique.”

So maybe we don’t all have to have washboard abs, etc.—thank goodness.

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Anticlockwise definition

Anticlockwise

anticlockwise_definitionAnticlockwise (or anti-clockwise) came up as a term in a recent podcast I was listening to.  I had to rewind to hear it again.

Sees this is a legit word, but has its roots in England.

The definition of anticlockwise is the same as counterclockwise (or counter-clockwise) here in the U.S.  turning in the opposite direction from the rotation of the hands of a clock.

First known use of ANTICLOCKWISE appears to be in 1879.

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Cinquain word definition

cinquain_definitionCinquain — What is it?

In a recent discussion about poetry, this word came up  — cinquain.    I don’t know if I have ever heard it before, so I wrote it down.

In addition to being new, my mind thought, “Hmm, this would be a great Scrabble word.”

In the world of poetry, cinquain means:

a short poem consisting of five, usually unrhymed lines. These lines are two, four, six, eight and two syllables respectively.

In general, cinquain means a group of five.

Origin:  French, from cinq five, from Old French, from Latin quinque — more at five

First known use: 1882
Now you know the meaning of a new word. Had I been more clever and timely, I would have posted this on May 5 — Cinco De Mayo.