WORDS ENDING IN ERIC
Here are stories about five words ending in eric - GENERIC, CHOLERIC, CONGENERIC, NEOTERIC and SUBERIC. They were published in Anu Garg's global newsletter A Word A Day, (July 2000) and are copied with Anu's permission.
X-Bonus: Shall I tell you the secret of the true scholar? It is this: every
man I meet is my master in some point, and in that I learn of him.
generic (juh-NEHR-ik) adjective
[From French generique, from Latin gener-, genus kind, class.]
"The Brennans made a commitment to drastically reduce spending and to begin
investing more of their six-figure income for the future. 'I even started buying
generic toilet paper that felt like sandpaper to save money,' admits Kathleen."
[Eric Shackle is this week's guest columnist. He writes:]
"There is an Eric Conspiracy," declares Eric S. Raymond, an Internet developer and writer, who describes himself as an observer-participant anthropologist in the Internet hacker culture. His research has helped explain the decentralized open-source model of software development. The latest Eric/Erik to hit the headlines is Erik Weihenmayer, the blind mountain climber who scaled Mt. Everest a few weeks ago.
As a guest wordsmith this week, I'll feature five words that end with eric.
You can read my free e-book at
http://www.bdb.co.za/shackle/ebook.htm . This month's edition features a
story about AWAD's near half-million wordlovers.
(This week's Guest Wordsmith, Eric Shackle, is a retired journalist who has
written for the New York Times, the Sydney Morning Herald, and the Straits
Times, among others. He is also the copy editor for AWAD, and lives near Sydney,
X-Bonus: When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when the tiger
wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.
choleric (KOHL-uhr-ik) adjective
Easily irritated or angered: hot-tempered.
[Middle English colerik, from Latin cholericus, from Greek cholerikos.]
"Continually throwing off cuttings from its mown prose, the novel delights in
word-play. Umeed is, at times, an angry photographer, 'a choleric snappeur,' who
resents playing second fiddle to the brilliant spectacle, and final demise, of
Ormus and Vina: 'second-fiddling while Rome burns'."
Apologies to Eric Cartman, Kenny, and all South Park fans. Yesterday I erred
in spelling Eric Cartman's name, and in suggesting he has more lives than a cat
(that applies to Kenny, not Eric). Irate South Park fans as far away as Tokyo
have corrected me.
X-Bonus: Oftentimes excusing of a fault / Doth make the fault the worse by th'
congeneric (kon-juh-NER-ik) adjective, also congenerous
A company offering closely related services.
[From Latin, con- together + gener- race.]
"Some taxonomists have considered Elephas and Mammuthus to be quite close,
even congeneric; thus, an Asian elephant living today in Thailand is more
closely related to the extinct mammoths of North America than to its African
"'Merely putting together a financial services congeneric with all the
constituent parts does not guarantee success,' Mr. Cleghorn said in a speech."
X-Bonus: The man who is denied the opportunity of taking decisions of
importance begins to regard as important the decisions he is allowed to take.
neoteric (nee-uh-TER-ik) adjective
New; recent; modern.
[Late Latin neotericus, from Greek neoterikos, youthful, from neoterios, comparative of neos new.]
"Electronic books, they say, are asking them to make a mental transition --
to veer from their ingrained appreciation for the printed books that fill our
nation's more than 120,000 public, academic and special interest libraries -- to
depend on a neoteric gizmo that disrupts the sacred union between man and book.
Welcome to the changing world of publishing."
X-Bonus: It is as hard for the good to suspect evil, as it is for the bad to
suberic (soo-BEHR-ik) adjective
Of or pertaining to cork.
[From French suberique, from Latin suber, cork.]
"Chufa de Valencia: Tuber of the species Cyperus esculentus. This comes in
various shapes and sizes, has a thin outer skin, suberic tissue and a high fat
and sugar content."
See also "When I wrote about Eric Catman, fans hit the wit" by clicking on OOPS.