Monday, February 2, 2009


Word of the Day
Valetudinarian (noun)
Pronunciation: [væ-lê-tu-di-'ne-ri-yên]
Definition: A sickly, unhealthy person whose primary concern is his or her health.
Usage: There is an adjective, valetudinary.
Suggested Usage: Ever get tired of hearing someone complain about their health until you wanted to complain yourself? Don't snivel, just remark, "He is the valedictorian of valetudinarians; it drives me crazy." Do you belong to a languishing club without a clear idea of what it is supposed to do? Try, "We've got to think positive; a valetudinary club won't endure."
Etymology: Latin valetudinarius "sickly, weak, infirm" from valetudin-, valetudo "state of health, sickness," from valere "to be strong," vigorous, also underlying valid, invalid, value, prevail. The PIE stem is *wal- which also produced English wield from OE wealdan "rule", Russian vlast' "power" and Vladimir ("rule the world"). –Dr. Language,

This was a new one for me and I know a lot of words.


  1. That's a new one for me too and boy do I know a bunch of people who fit that description! Thanks for sharing! Lisa

  2. You bring a burst of Joy when you are on a word kick. My computer is only about a year old but I had to get the cheapest Vista I could get. The lowest of everything so I just have to keep doing all that you have told me to do, plus everything else I find. Thanks so much Claudia, for your help and you have been a help. Lucy