WEDNESDAY'S WORD 2/15/12

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WEDNESDAY'S WORD 2/15/12
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Wed, 02-15-2012 - 12:19pm

Use today's word in a sentence, paragraph or poem

balm·y  /ˈbɑmi/ Show Spelled[bah-mee]
adjective, balm·i·er, balm·i·est.
1.
mild and refreshing; soft; soothing: balmy weather.
2.
having the qualities of balm; aromatic; fragrant: balmy leaves.
3.
producing balm: balmy plants; a balmy shrub.
4.
Informal . crazy; foolish; eccentric.



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Wed, 03-07-2012 - 12:30pm

Dear Jackie, Will I ever tire of thanking you?

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Fri, 03-02-2012 - 4:47pm

Hi Ray and Rose,

Sorry I'm so late to see this! Rose's definitions got me wondering how #4 was so different from the others. My dictionary says that "barm" is Old English for yeast, and barmy meant frothy, like fermenting yeast. By the 17th century, it was used figuratively to mean flighty, empty-headed, or daft. And balmy is a variant of that. But the other meanings came into English through Romance languages, through the word "balsam".

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Fri, 02-17-2012 - 5:36pm

BALMY

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