Monday, June 14, 2004

Word of the day (in honor of the rapidly approaching last day of school)

hookey (alternatively 'hooky'), noun -- apparently originating from a slang phrase hook it -- to make off. It first appeared in 1848. This is roughly when public schools began to be widespread in America. Not a coincidence, I'm sure. To be a hookey is to be a truant. We all know it in the phrase to play hookey.

One could consider this a synomym for AWOL, I suppose.

While we're on the topic of words, here's one I'd never heard before:

retreatant -- a person on a religious retreat. Some friends of mine are organizing a retreat, and used this word in their flyer. I was ready to pounce on them in school-marmish disapproval, but ...


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