Silver’s Word of the Week – Jeremiad
Welcome to Silver’s Word of the Week where I try to find strange and unusual words to ignite my vocabulary to new levels! Are you ready to learn a new word?
This week our word is the courtesy of Dictionary.com:
- A cautionary or angry harangue.
Not wanting to bore my readers, I have been reluctant to burden my readers with my jeremiad about the winter that will never end.
I have been swamped under a steady shower of jeremiads lamenting the death of traditional publishing methods.
Did You Know?
Jeremiah was a naysayer. That Jewish prophet, who lived from about 650 to 570 BC, spent his days lambasting the Hebrews for their false worship and social injustice and denouncing the king for his selfishness, materialism, and inequities. When not calling on his people to quit their wicked ways, he was lamenting his own lot; a portion of the Old Testament’s Book of Jeremiah is devoted to his “confessions,” a series of lamentations on the hardships endured by a prophet with an unpopular message. Nowadays, English speakers use “Jeremiah” for a pessimistic person and “jeremiad” for the way these Jeremiahs carry on. The word jeremiad was actually borrowed from the French, who coined it as “jérémiade.”
There are many ways for us to apply the word “jeremiad” in our current political atmosphere here in America and around the world. An interesting word, I am always fascinated at how the word origins have filtered down to us through the ages.
So tell me… what jeremiad do you want to let loose with this Monday morning?
See you next week!