Monday, September 28, 2009

Word of the Week #70

temerity [tuh-MER-uh-tee] - noun

Definition:
Unreasonable or foolhardy contempt of danger; rashness.

Usage:
From the time my son began walking--and running--as a bald nine-month-old toddler with an endearing dimple, he has brought me close to multiple heart attacks with his daring and temerity.

6 comments:

ElanaJ said...

I've totally acted with teremity this week. Totally rash.

Jennifer Shirk said...

That's a word I always think means the opposite of what it really means. I guess I think "timid" when I hear it.

Jenn Johansson said...

LOL! I so know that feeling. :) Yay for new words!

ali said...

Ha! That's so funny! I always thought temerity meant going after something like a pit bull, working hard, never giving up.

I had no idea it actually meant being rash! Yikes!

L.T. Elliot said...

This word has described me way too often. My older sister likes to use it when referring to me. That or audacity. And neither of them in the positive.

Graham Chops said...

Sniff sniff...mmm...smells like...DANGER!