I is for…


Well, today the letter I really should stand for infected, given that I have succumbed to my first cold of the back-to-school season. However, given that I already covered infectious in my Back to School post, I’ll share some different words with you today.

Before I get to those three words, I just wanted to remind you to come and check out the latest challenge at the Speakeasy. It’s our second week back in action and I have a feeling we’re going to get some fabulous submissions. Even if you’re not a writer, you should take some time and treat yourself to a reading break.

And now for our first I word. This word rolls off your tongue like an exotic dessert, even though its meaning is less-than-exotic.

Imbroglio (noun)

Etymology:  First appears in 1750. Comes from the Italian word imbroglio, which comes from the word imbrogliare, meaning to confuse or tangle, which comes from combining the word in-, meaning into, in, on, or upon, with the word brogliare, meaning embroil. Brogliare likely comes from the Middle French word brouiller, meaning confuse.

Definition:  A complicated, confused, or embarrassing situation; a confused heap.

Example:  Dracula looked around the table, his gaze landing on Edward. “Sparkles? What an imbroglio! The humans aren’t afraid of us at all anymore.”


This next word suggests more mystery than it means. So you should definitely start using it to describe yourself.

Interlocutor (noun)

Etymology:  First appears in the 1510s. Comes from the Latin stem interlocut-, which is the past participle of interloqui, meaning interrupt. Interloqui was formed by combining the word inter, meaning between, with the word loqui, meaning to speak.

Definition:  A person who takes part in a dialogue or conversation.

Example:  Vlad was a skilled interlocutor, adept at captivating his victims with his scintillating conversation.


This week, my bonus word choice is short and simple—and a word that aptly describes its own meaning.

Irk (verb)

Etymology:  First appears in the mid-1400s as irken, meaning be weary of or disgusted with. Origins are obscure, but is likely related to the Old Norse word yrkja, meaning work, given that the Swedish word yrka means to demand or insist. Yrkja, in turn, may come from the Proto-Indo-European root werg-, meaning to work, or from the Middle High German erken, meaning to disgust. The modern meaning (irritate, annoy, etc.) comes from the late 1400s.

Definition:  Irritate, annoy, bore, weary.

Example:  Mina rolled her eyes, clearly irked by the way the Count was droning on.


Once again, etymological information and definitions come from the Oxford Dictionary of Etymological English, the Oxford Dictionaries Online and the Online Etymology Dictionary.


Image credit: Google Images


6 thoughts on “I is for…

  1. I need to go back to A and get some more words. I loved reading this (I should be writing, but the MUSE continues her season of silence and I am reading instead).

    I also have a day by day dictionary calendar and I love it, I’ve found some of my favorite words in it lately.
    You are like my WEB version now.

  2. Would that Buffy could intervene in that imbroglio. Given that Buffy once confronted and defeated Dracula, I’m guessing she would take care of Sparkles with ease. 🙂

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