Wordsmith.org: the magic of words


A.Word.A.Day

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  


Home

Today's Word

Yesterday's Word

Archives

FAQ


A.Word.A.Day--parlous

(PAR-luhs) Pronunciation RealAudio

adjective: Perilous, dangerous, hazardous.
adverb:Very, greatly.

From Middle English, variant of perilous.

"During two years of peace so far, the UNF Government had been able to develop the country's parlous economy from a negative growth rate to over plus five per cent as well as create atmosphere of living free of anxiety and fear."
Deshabandu Karu Jayasuriya; Independence Day Messages; Daily News (Colombo, Sri Lanka); Feb 3, 2004.

"The unhealthy commercial dominance of South Korea by its big business conglomerates, or chaebol, is legendary, as is the parlous state of some chaebol finances."
South Korean finance: Junk Funk; The Economist (London, UK); Dec 5, 1998.

This week's theme: Words with variant spellings

X-Bonus

An old miser kept a tame jackdaw, that used to steal pieces of money, and hide them in a hole, which a cat observing, asked, "Why he would hoard up those round shining things that he could make no use of?" "Why," said the jackdaw, "my master has a whole chestful, and makes no more use of them than I do." -Jonathan Swift, satirist (1667-1745)

The Book:
A Word A Day is now a book. Find it in your local bookstore or at Amazon.com.

"A delightful, quirky collection." -The New York Times

Join Us:
Subscribe to A.Word.A.Day to receive it in your mailbox every day.

Anu on Words:
Writer Magazine
Globe & Mail 

Interact:

Bulletin board
AWADtalk

Moderated Chat
AWADchat

Readers' Voice
AWADmail

Subscriber Services
Awards | Stats | Links | Privacy Policy
Contribute | Advertise

© 1994-2017 Wordsmith