08 April 2008

double duty words

I really like nouns that are also verbs, as illustrated in the sentence I just said to our receptionist whilst giving her my netflix envelope and letter for the postman: "I forgot to mail my mail this morning."

1 comment:

Barn Owl said...

ah capricious one ...
root word caprice ...


Main Entry:
French, from Italian capriccio caprice, shudder, perhaps from capo head (from Latin caput) + riccio hedgehog, from Latin ericius — more at head, urchin

1 a: a sudden, impulsive, and seemingly unmotivated notion or action b: a sudden usually unpredictable condition, change, or series of changes (the caprices of the weather) 2: a disposition to do things impulsively 3: capriccio 3
synonyms caprice, whim, vagary, crotchet mean an irrational or unpredictable idea or desire. caprice stresses lack of apparent motivation and suggests willfulness (by sheer caprice she quit her job). whim implies a fantastic, capricious turn of mind or inclination (an odd antique that was bought on a whim). vagary stresses the erratic, irresponsible character of the notion or desire (recently he had been prone to strange vagaries). crotchet implies an eccentric opinion or preference (a serious scientist equally known for his bizarre crotchets).