Thursday, January 03, 2008

Word for today

Cloy: to become uninteresting or distasteful through overabundance; to cause distaste or disgust by supplying with too much of something originally pleasant; sate, satiate, surfeit.

"The Christians of old...
However employed their joy was the same;
They never were cloyed in hymning the Lamb;
Their sole recreation - to sing of His praise,
And publish salvation by Jesus' grace." -- # 206, From The Primitive Hymns, Spiritual Songs and Sacred Poems, by Benjamin Lloyd, 1841/ The Primitive Hymn Corp., 1999

Martha Henderson wrote of a service (not Sacred Harp) in which she encountered songs that "were so saccharine and so relentlessly cheerful that they were cloying." -- as quoted by Kiri Miller in A Long Time Traveling


Bro. Matt said...

Aw, don't be a popinjay! Hahaha...

R. L. Vaughn said...

Say what? I think I see another "word of the day" post coming on!

Bro. Matt said...

You know I particularly enjoy the word: antidisestablishmentarianism

R. L. Vaughn said...

I've heard of it, but believe I would fall asleep before I got through saying it. I plugged it in and found the following:

"originally, opposition to the disestablishment of the Church of England, now opposition to the belief that there should no longer be an official church in a country"


"Rarely used at all now except in examples of the longest words, amongst which it has been counted since at least 1923."