IMG_1303 A.Word.A.Day with Anu Garg

One of my favorite daily reads (and I like to share my finds), it’s entertaining, educational, and free, too. What could be better than that? Each week there is a theme (love themes) and five new words that fit the theme (sometimes serious, sometimes flat out funny), including pronunciation, etymology, usage, and, of course, meaning.¬† Take it from someone who used to read the dictionary for fun, this is a better way to build your vocabulary. And there is a book, too, who knew? A Word A Day, The Book.

Oh, and there is always a thought for the day. Today’s I especially love.(see below)

This week’s theme – What to call people at work

This week’s words factotum

From A.Word.A.Day with Anu Garg

Are you still calling people around you in the workplace with worn-out words? Terms such as colleague, employee, boss, and intern are so pass√©. Here’s a fresh supply of words to bring some variety at work.

factotum

PRONUNCIATION:
(fak-TOH-tuhm)
MEANING:
noun: A servant or a low-level employee tasked with many things. I am decidedly a factotum and I will be employing this word all week. Really. All week.

ETYMOLOGY:

From Latin factotum, from facere (to do) + totus (all). Earliest documented use: 1573.
USAGE:
“Now, a reporter trying to interview a business source is confronted by a phalanx of factotums.”
David Carr; The Puppetry of Quotation Approval; The New York Times; Sep 16, 2012.

Explore “factotum” in the Visual Thesaurus.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

It is as easy to dream a book as it is hard to write one. -Honore de Balzac, novelist (1799-1850)

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