Wednesday, 4 April 2012

A-Z blogging challenge - C is for.......

OK so I am struggling a bit with the letter C today.

On asking the boys for a topic beginning with C, the 5 year old said Cars and the 8 year old said Carrots, neither of which I felt I could do a post about! I thought of Climate as in 'what the hell is going on with our weather'.

3 days ago we were out in the garden sorting it out in t-shirts and short trousers, and we all ended up with that lovely rosy sun kissed glow. This morning I get up to a layer of snow on the garden table - go figure!!

I have instead opted to learn about the meaning and use of a word I used this morning:


I used this, this morning to describe t'husband - Cantankerous - this is one of those words I really like (odd person I know) - but it has a certain ring to it - Can-tank-erous, it rolls off the tongue nicely, it sounds good, it sounds like you know what you are talking about!

If you Google Cantankerous this is what you get

Cantankerous [kan-tang-ker-uhs]

Origin: 1765–75; perhaps variant of earlier contenkerous, reflecting contentious, rancorous

can·tan·ker·ous·ly, adverb
can·tan·ker·ous·ness, noun

Definition: disagreeable to deal with; contentious; peevish: a cantankerous, argumentative man.

I particularly like this definition as it says an argumentative man and not person or woman! It also relates the word to Bloody Minded, a contentious person and quarrelsome.

Another definition is:

Cantankerous describes someone who is bad tempered, grumpy or looking for an argument. (adjective)

An example of cantankerous is a grumpy old man who lives on your street who is always watching the neighborhood kids to find something to yell at them about.

I impressed myself this morning by being able to summon the words from the recesses of my sleep deprived brain and telling my husband he was a cantankerous, grumpy sod, as he was moaning about something again (all in good humour I hasten to add) but having said it, it made me think about words and how some words have a nice ring to them.

I had a friend who would select a descriptive word like cantankerous on a weekly basis and try and use it throughout the week so she could increase her vocabulary - I like the idea.

So I guess I have managed a blog on a topic beginning with 'C'.


jabblog uk said...

I think you' rambled' very nicely on 'cantankerous' - you're right, it's a lovely word to pronounce.

Michelle said...

I love the "sound" of words, and there are certain words that have a distinct aural appeal, like caboodles, de-ja vu etc.
Cantankerous has a certain verbal appeal...
Enjoy the rest of the A to Z Challenge!