Monday, April 1, 2013

A to Z Challenge 2013: A - Asinine

Happy Monday morning you intrepid challengers! Today is the official beginning of the 2013 April A to Z Blogging Challenge.

I'm not changing much up from last year, since it was a formula that worked quite well for me, and since I like to focus more on visiting new blogs and meeting new bloggers than I do on my own posts. So, it's unique words and their etmologies again for me this year, starting with A.

Asinine

as·i·nine [asəˌnīn] adj. - utterly stupid or silly.

Synonyms: fatuous, inane, vacuous, mindless, foolish.

Etymology: c.1600, "obstinate, stupid," from Latin asininus "stupid," literally "like an ass," from asinus "ass," also "dolt, blockhead" (see ass (n.1)). The literal sense in English is recorded from 1620s.

Well that's it! We're off to a great start. Unfortunately, I'm actually out of town this week, so please be sure to visit my assistants:


and let them know if you have any questions, or need any help with the list. You can also contact any of us co-hosts, via the main A to Z Challenge Blog. Enjoy your month!

73 comments:

Old Kitty said...

Mondays are truly asinine and should be banned! LOL!! Take care
x

Steve MC said...

Does the word blockhead immediately conjure up Charlie Brown, or is it just me? An asinine question, I bet.

Dani said...

Yes! You're sticking with the word bit! Love it... and I use Asinine ALL the time.

Ida Chiavaro said...

I get all tongue twisted when I say asasanine - see I even spelled it wrong. How very as *sounds the word out slowly*anine of me.

SA Larsenッ said...

Haha, Steve! I was just thinking blockhead.

Rhonda said...

It is a word frequently in my vocabulary. Looking forward to the word for B.

Rhonda @Laugh-Quotes.com
AtoZ #42

Susanne Drazic said...

Should be an interesting month of interesting words.

Susanne
PUTTING WORDS DOWN ON PAPER
From the Market to the Plate

Laura said...

Good word! I hope you have fun 'out of town'
Lx

Sally said...

I can think of some people that word would describe perfectly. I will have to ready to use in the perfect context......

lacey edwards said...

Asinine, that word reminds me of a donkey..."hee haw"

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Makes the word ass sound sophisticated!

J.L. Murphey said...

Assinine is that like the @ss that hounds me in nine states. LOL just joking.

farawayeyes said...

Love this word. Hope your enjoying the vaca.

Elise Fallson said...

LOL! You and I had a similar theme today. Hope you guys are having fun in the wizarding world.(:

Joe Lunievicz said...

I like the Latin asininus. Something about the word in Latin. Enjoy Harry Potter!

michelle said...

I had forgotten about this word... thanks for refreshing my memory.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Loved your word choice and all the funny comments.

Bish Denham said...

A word that definitely sounds like what it means.

Donna L Martin said...

Good luck with the challenge! I participated last year and had a blast!

Donna L Martin
www.donasdays.blogspot.com

Kerri Cuev said...

Ha-like this word, and haven't used it for awhile. Hmmm maybe I'll use it in a story today.

Gregg Metcalf said...

Great start. Good word.

Corinne O'Flynn said...

This is my 3rd year doing weird and unusual words for the A-to-Z. Such fun! Asinine is a fabulous word...

mshatch said...

Poor donkeys! Great theme! Looking forward to the rest of your words :)

Juliet Bond said...

How fun! Thanks for hosting this. And please visit us at http://citymusecountrymuse2012.blogspot.com/ where we are doing A-Z original poetry to celebrate National Poetry Month!

Melanie Schulz said...

Thanks for the shout out Matt:)
I spelled this word wrong for years(assinine) but seeing the definition, I guess I wasn't as far off as I thought.

Jaimie said...

I actually knew this word already! I think it's a funny, slightly nicer and smarter-sounding way of saying, "You're an ass." Lol.

Jaimie
Living in the Light

Tina said...

This word nerd loves your theme. Asinine happens to be a favorite word too. Pity I have so many chances to use it...

Tina @ Life is Good
Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge Blog
@TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

Allyson Lindt said...

Asinine is such a great word - it just oozes the same feeling as it's meaning. Looking forward to more words throughout the month!

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Jeremy [Retro-Z] said...

it's funny i use this word all the time... and never wrote it down, ever...

Jeremy [Retro]
AtoZ Challenge Co-Host
Oh No, Let's Go... Crazy

Grover said...

I bloody love etymology so I'm so pleased I happened across your blog on the first day of the challenge! I'll be sure to come back for more!

(Grover at Inane Ramblings)

Dana said...

I don't use this word often enough. LOL

Happy blogging!

DL Hammons said...

For some reason my mom was in love with this word. Used it ALL THE TIME...so I'm quite familiar with it! :)

Mark Means said...

Great word and, unfortunately, abundant these days :)

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Never mess with a good formula.

Welcome to the Challenge!

Happy Easter and Happy April Fools Day.

Elaine Smith said...

I love your theme: unique and unusual words need their place in the sun. I think Asinine is a great word to say - it takes effort and insults beautifully ;)

Dani Jax said...

We have those moments. Don't everyone?! Haha

Dani & Jax @ Cover Girls

Nancy Thompson said...

I enjoy your word etymologies!!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I love that word and could use it quite often at work but I resist.

Ornery's Wife said...

I have a really great understanding of this word after working on the house we recently bought to use as a rental. The former owners did some asinine "fixes" to things--including parallel wiring the whole house so changing things up is an electrifying experience! Oy!
tm

elizabethwatgibson said...

Love words, so this will be a fun post.

Beverly Fox said...

That's a great word, I should use it more.

Happy A Day!
Bev
http://bev-thebevelededge.blogspot.com

IrishRedFox said...

Hope your week is a good one. Thanks for the word.

Joanne Fritz said...

Seems like the perfect word for April Fool's Day.

Enjoy your wizard trip.

Susan Kane said...

A perfect word to describe many politicians.

Arlee Bird said...

The title alone started me off with a good laugh.

Nothing asinine about the great A to Z Team. Thanks for being a part of it, Matt.

Lee
Wrote By Rote
An A to Z Co-host blog

SC Author said...

I'm being asinine in not writing more!

Andrew Leon said...

Asinine is one of my favorite words.
I also particularly like vacuous, because it sounds so much like what it is.
And fatuous because it doesn't sound at all like what it is.

Cynthia said...

I enjoy quirky words. Look forward to seeing what other vocab you will share this month. New follower here from A to Z.

Rick Daley said...

That's a great word. It sounds like it means, almost like onomatopoeia but in a more cerebral than literal sense.

Michael Offutt, S.F.A. said...

I know some asinine people.

Bill Somogyi said...

I have to admit I've been asinine from time to time :) Good start for the challenge.

Images by Bil

KC Weldon said...

I love the word asinine. It's not used enough in every day language.

KC @ The Occasional Adventures of a Hermit & Oh Frog It

Adriana Dascalu said...

love the word! English is not my native language, so it helps learning more.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Love your word choice. I deal with it every dang day. Hey. It's local politics. What can I say?

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Asinine is a word I haven't heard much in a while. It goes to the point though. Nice start for A-Z.

Christine Rains said...

Great word! It's a word I like to use when I'm feeling particularly snippy.

C. Lee McKenzie said...

Words as a theme seems to be very popular. Must have something to do with writers. Do you think?

Nancy LaRonda Johnson said...

That is a nice start. I do love learning how words and phrases made their way into our everyday language!

Amy "Lyre" Turner said...

I love your theme! I am looking forward to seeing what other lovely words you have chosen.

I do find that asinine is a fantastic and underutilized word. Thanks for sharing it's etymology.

darcnina said...

Great word... far to underused!

Claire Hennessy said...

In England, we say "arsenine" LOL What a great word :)

Deniz Bevan said...

A great theme - I love learning about word origins.

Happy to be a minion too!

Eric said...

Great word. It's just one of those words I love, and I don't really know why. I'd never looked up the definition of course (though I generally knew what it meant) so it's interesting to read the exact definition. Great choice for the starting post!

Julia Phillips Smith said...

That was a fun word to start the challenge.

LuAnn Braley said...

Asinine - perfectly describes one of my husband's professors.

Be that as it may - hope you are havnig a great time out of town!

Maurice Mitchell said...

I find word history fascinating. Words like integer take on a whole new meaning when you know where they came from.
-Maurice Mitchell
The Geek Twins

candacegauger said...

hah! I use asinine a lot in conversation and in my writing. It's one of those fun words that make the average person give you the strangest of expressions. Which proves the point of using the word. >:)

Samantha May said...

I learned the word asinine from my choir director. She said we were being asinine and juvenile :D

Great theme! Can't wait to learn more!

Sam
Writing Through College

Trisha F said...

I sometimes think donkeys get a bad rap, man! :P

Nice theme!

Luna MoonLightandShadow said...

Hello Matt.

Thanks for the follow and it is nice to meet you too. I'm going to enjoy your theme as I've always been curious about the origin of words. You've also given me additional reading as I'm going to go back to your 2012 challenge to see what I've missed.
Good luck with the rest of this year's challenge! :)

Luna
www.moonlightandhershadow.blogspot.com

Kirsty said...

I do like this word and need to find a way to use it in conversation.

Jay Noel said...

I love that word "blockhead." Reminds me of Charlie Brown.

Susan Scott said...

checking you out via Stormy A-Z. Looks like a most interesting blog challenge using words and their etymologies. Here in South Africa (UK English) we spell etymology with a 'y' ..