My Word! April 7


This is one of those words that can be used as either a noun or a verb. Those with an interest in sailing are probably already familiar with jib as a noun referring to a triangular sail. As as noun, it traces back to 1661.

But as a verb, it means to refuse to proceed further. As an intransitive verb, it only goes back to 1811.

I jib at expressing someone else’s dog’s butt.
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Betsey Ellis

Betsey is a recovering agent of Satan (.i.e. a legal professional) now working towards a lifetime goal of becoming a perfectly sane cat lady, medieval clothing designer, and occasional playwright. Maybe even finish my doctorate.....nyah, probably not, who needs another expert in Elizabethan Law and its effect on the growth of the middle class.