MEANING: adjective: Having characteristics of both rural and urban life. ETYMOLOGY:
A blend of rural + urban, from Latin rus (country) and urbs (city). Earliest documented use: 1915. USAGE:
“Finance Minister Doug Horner ... calls himself a rurban MLA because he lives in an urban riding [district] but has land in rural area.”
MEANING: noun: An irregularly curling or looping line, string, etc. verb tr., intr.:
1. To make an irregularly curling or looping line.
2. To squirm or wriggle.
3. To scribble. ETYMOLOGY:
Perhaps a blend of squirm + wriggle. Earliest documented use: 1804. USAGE:
“There was nothing I wouldn’t eat. Well, apart from tinned spaghetti, that is, whose loops and squiggles slopping around in that fluorescent orange sauce somehow managed to turn my stomach when nothing else did.”
(PAL-uh-moh-nee) MEANING: noun: Financial support or other compensation given by one member of an unmarried couple to another after separation. ETYMOLOGY:
A blend of pal and alimony, from Latin alimonia (sustenance), from alere (to nourish). Ultimately from the Indo-European root al- (to grow or to nourish), which also gave us adolescent, adult, old, alumnus, altitude, enhance, coalesce, prolific, outre, and hauteur. Earliest documented use: 1977. USAGE:
“NBA star Blake Griffin is being sued for palimony by his former girlfriend Brynn Cameron, who alleges he abandoned her and their children to pursue a relationship with Kendall Jenner.”
(GES-ti-mayt for verb; -muht for noun) MEANING: verb tr.: To make an estimate based on guesswork. noun: An estimate based on guesswork.
A blend of guess + estimate. Earliest documented use: 1936.
“When the measuring cap that comes with the medicine bottle gets gooey and gummed up, the temptation is to grab a kitchen spoon to guesstimate a teaspoon’s worth of liquid medicine. It doesn’t really work.”