Wordsmith.org: the magic of words


A.Word.A.Day

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


Home

Today's Word

Subscribe

Archives


A Random Word From the Archives

Want another word? Refresh this page

Permanent link for this word: palsy-walsy


A.Word.A.Day--palsy-walsy

Pronunciation: WAV or RealAudio

palsy-walsy (pal-zee-WAL-zee) adjective

Slang. Having or appearing to have the close relationship of chums.

[Reduplication of palsy alteration of pally.]

"But melodrama, an iffy proposition at best, requires more discipline than is evidenced by this palsy-walsy crew, whose acting styles range from moustache-twirling to half-baked naturalism." F. Kathleen Foley, Theater Beat; Taking an Obscure 'New York' Over Top; Home Edition, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 1997.

This week's theme: reduplicatives.

X-Bonus

If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands? -Ed Dussault


Sign-up:  

Subscribe  
Gift Subscription  
Address Change  
Unsubscribe  

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

© 1994-2017 Wordsmith

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

© 1994-2017 Wordsmith