Tuesday, January 13, 2015


I LOVE words!  I think language is the best part of being a human.  There's nothing as good as taking a new word and rolling it around the inside of my mouth and feeling how it tastes.

This will be a regular feature on my blog: sharing new (to me) words, their meanings and origins

Every Tuesday I'll post a new word.   Some are archaic. Some are seldom used.  Some will be from different cultures and therefore not familiar to many American speaking people.

So... Let the fun begin!

First word!

Accismus (Ak-sis-mus) with the accent on the 2nd syllable.
It comes from the Greek word; akkizesthai, "to feign ignorance." 

Accismus is a certain way of lying.
False humility, spoken forth, as in "Oh!  You really shouldn't have!"
Or "I really don't deserve this!" When all along the person not only knows they deserve it but is expecting it.

One example that is given is when the crown of the Roman Empire is presented to Julius Caesar, who very much wants it, but refuses it the first 2 times it is offered and finally accepts it after the 3rd offering.

Accismus; that moment after the movie star recovers from the shock that he did NOT win the Oscar.

What's YOUR word of the week?


Stephanie said...

Oh, this will be great fun and educational :) I remember when I was in school I would try and read the dictionary and pick out a couple of "new" words to use during the week.

Thanks for sharing at Roses of Inspiration. Hugs to you!

Joan Santomenna said...

You are so original in your approach ...I love it!

doodles n daydreams said...

I love words as well, this is a new one to me.