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By DON VAUGHAN
A friend of mine recently told me that her teenage daughter asked her to braid her hair. My friend asked her if she needed it to be upbraided while she braided her hair. She said, â€śDon, maybe you could weave the word upbraided into a future Vaughanâ€™s Vocabulary column.â€ť
I think the first time I saw the word â€śupbraidedâ€ť was in the epistle of James. The King James Version of James 1:5 uses the verb â€śupbraideth.â€ť â€śUpbraidâ€ť appears two times in the King James Version of the Bible (Judges 8:15 and Matthew 11:20). Mark 16:14 has â€śupbraided.â€ť To my knowledge, the words braid and braided are not in the Bible. So, letâ€™s begin this weekâ€™s word quiz with â€śupbraid.â€ť
1. upbraid (up-BRAID)
A. to edify
B. to flatter
C. to castigate
D. to compliment
2. braid (BRAID)
A. a length of braided hair
B. high ranking naval officers
C. to draw apart
D. a rope fastened to the leech of a sail
No. 1 is C. Upbraid, according to Merriam-Websterâ€™s Collegiate Dictionary, means â€śto criticize severely; find fault with; to reproach severely; scold vehemently.â€ť Both A and B are the answers to No. 2, braid. The answer next to D is a definition for â€śbrail.â€ť Next, did you know that there is the word brad?
3. brad (BRAD)
A. a thin nail
B. an ornament
C. a hideous sight
Merriam-Webster defines brad as â€śa thin nail of the same thickness throughout but tapering in width and having a slight projection at the top of one side instead of a head. A slender wire nail with a small barrel-shaped head.â€ť Our next word is a new one for me, and I got it from Dictionary.com.
4. teratoid (TER-uh-toid)
B. resembling a monster
C. an item three hundred years old
Http://www.dictonary.com says that teratoid, an adjective, â€śwas coined in the 1870s. The root terat is a combining form in the Greek language that means indicating a monster.â€ť
Last weekâ€™s mystery word is oeuvre.
This weekâ€™s mystery word is the name of a clown in one of Shakespeareâ€™s plays; this two-syllable noun means a fundamental or quintessential part or feature.
Don R. Vaughan, Ph.D. in Mass Communication, is a professor at East Miss. Community College. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.View more articles in: