2009-08-31

milksop

According to Dictionary.com: “a weak or ineffectual person.” According to The Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology: “milksop orig. SOP dipped in milk, (hence) one who is fed on such food, young infant, (transf.) effeminate fellow” Also: milquetoast

2009-08-24

horology

(No, I'm not going to give a hint for this one!) The science of measuring time.

2009-08-17

hondo

According to Wikipedia, “The lariat has a small reinforced loop at one end, called a honda or hondo, through which the rope passes to form a loop.”

2009-08-10

encomium

According to Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary: “glowing and warmly enthusiastic praise ; also : an expression of this.” Definitely not to be confused with meconium!

2009-08-03

dysteleology

The doctrine of purposelessness in nature See also: Wikipedia.