Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Masticate




Sadly, at fifty four and a half and fast approaching fifty five BUT with a twelve year olds mentallity I love this word and for all the wrong reasons...it sounds like something sordid that little boys and girls do when they are on their own!


mas·ti·cate
Pronunciation: \ˈmas-tə-ˌkāt\
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): mas·ti·cat·ed; mas·ti·cat·ing
Etymology: Late Latin masticatus, past participle of masticare, from Greek mastichan to gnash the teeth; akin to Greek masasthai to chew — more at mandible
Date: 1562
transitive verb
1 : to grind or crush (food) with or as if with the teeth : chew
2 : to soften or reduce to pulp by crushing or kneading
intransitive verb

3 comments:

RuKsaK said...

yes, it is a good word, not hindered by the fact it so instantly rhymes with something else.

C.J.Duffy said...

A dirty insuation of a word but neat.

Roger the Saurus said...

I feel similarly about the word shambolic