Brontide – Wildest Word of the Day

Flickr photo by N. Tackaberry

(Credit: Flickr photo by N. Tackaberry)

A brontide is a low rumbling sound like thunder thought to be caused by feeble earth tremors (Merriam-Webster). I also like the way the word sounds when you say it. Try it now.

“BRON-tide.” Feels good, doesn’t it?

If you’ve ever experienced the brontide, let me know in the comments.

“While standing on the precipice of the cliff looking down, Harry heard the brontide. It seemed like a long, low warning not to jump.”

Arsy-Varsy – Wildest Word of the Day

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Arsy-varsy – head over heels, topsy-turvy, backside forward

I shouted, “Don’t jump on the bed!” But my four-year-old didn’t listen. He jumped up and down twice and then went arsy-varsy off the bed and onto the floor.

Also used in Isaac Asimov’s The Robots of Dawn.

Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arsy-varsy

Tell me about your “arsy-varsy” moments in the comments section.