Thursday, July 27, 2017

VOCABULARY LESSON: WORD OF THE DAY

A good word to describe what they do at The Diana's.

fester 

verb | FESS-ter  

Definition
1 :to generate pus
2 :putrefy, rot
3a :to cause increasing poisoning, irritation, or bitterness : rankle
b :to undergo or exist in a state of progressive deterioration

Fester entered English in the 14th century. It was used as we now use the word fistula for an abnormal passage leading from an abscess or hollow organ and permitting passage of fluids or secretions. It was also applied as a word for a sore that discharges pus. The connection between fester and fistula is no accident—both descend from Latin fistula, which has the same meaning as the English word but can also mean "pipe" or "tube" or "a kind of ulcer." Fester made the trip from Latin to English by way of Anglo-French. The word's use as a verb meaning "to generate pus" has also developed extended senses implying a worsening state.

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