Thursday, March 17, 2011

Archaicly Pious aka Sorry, Mr. Churchman, we don't need you anymore!

Before we start, I just wanted to make a clarification. It's my fault, because I've failed to properly explain some of the words, but the one that I've seen people having trouble with was 'indubitable' and it's adverb form 'indubitably.' You can say that something is indubitable:

"Their victory was indubitable." Their victory was undoubtable.

Or, you can say that something was/is/will be 'indubitably' something else:

"Their victory was indubitably expected." In this case, 'indubitably' is modifying/describing the word 'expected.'

Hopefully that cleared up some confusion. I'm going to try to include some examples, because the last thing I want to happen is for you to use a word that I shared and have someone look at you funny, or something. :D

Let's get started.

First word!


ar·cha·ic adj \är-ˈkā-ik\
Definition of ARCHAIC

1: having the characteristics of the language of the past and surviving chiefly in specialized uses (an archaic word)

2: of, relating to, or characteristic of an earlier or more primitive time : antiquated (archaic legal traditions)

3 capitalized : of or belonging to the early or formative phases of a culture or a period of artistic development; especially : of or belonging to the period leading up to the classical period of Greek culture

4: surviving from an earlier period; specifically : typical of a previously dominant evolutionary stage

5 capitalized : of or relating to the period from about 8000 b.c. to 1000 b.c. and the North American cultures of that time

ar·cha·i·cal·ly adverb
See archaic defined for English-language learners »

Examples of ARCHAIC

"The company needs to update its archaic computer systems."

"The man has some archaic notions about the proper social role of women."

Synonyms: antiquated, obsolete, dated, démodé, demoded, fossilized, kaput (also kaputt), medieval (also mediaeval), moribund, mossy, moth-eaten, neolithic, Noachian, outdated, outmoded, out-of-date, outworn, passé, prehistoric (also prehistorical), rusty, Stone Age, superannuated

Antonym: New, modern

Origin of ARCHAIC

French or Greek; French archaïque, from Greek archaïkos, from archaios
First Known Use: 1832


- May 7 The Treaty of London creates an independent Kingdom of Greece. Otto of Wittelsbach, Prince of Bavaria is chosen King. Thus begins the history of modern Greece.
- May 11 Greece is recognized as a sovereign nation; the Treaty of Constantinople ends the Greek War of Independence in July.
-August 17 China ceases production of iron shuriken.

When the Greeks moved into the modern era, the Chinese figured out that Herakles was finally dead (or so they thought!) and decided to stop making the archaic iron shuriken, Herakles's only weakness.

Also, Herakles is the Greek name of...


Second word!

PIOUS! (so you know, pious is almost always used with regards to its religious or loyalty meanings. I don't think I've ever heard it used otherwise.)

pi·ous adj \ˈpī-əs\
Definition of PIOUS

1 a : marked by or showing reverence for deity and devotion to divine worship
b : marked by conspicuous religiosity
2: sacred or devotional as distinct from the profane or secular : religious
3: showing loyal reverence for a person or thing : dutiful
4 a : marked by sham or hypocrisy
b : mrked by self-conscious virtue : virtuous
5 : deserving commendation : worthy (a pious effort)

pi·ous·ly adverb
pi·ous·ness noun

Examples of PIOUS

They lived a quiet, pious life.

I'm tired of hearing politicians making pious pronouncements about their devotion to the people.

Synonyms: constant, dedicated, devoted, devout, down-the-line, fast, good, loyal, faithful, staunch (also stanch), steadfast, steady, true, true-blue

Antonyms: disloyal, faithless, false, fickle, inconstant, perfidious, recreant, traitorous, treacherous, unfaithful, untrue

Middle English, from Latin pius
First Known Use: 15th century

MORE 15th CENTURY!? Damn!

-1425: Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) founded by Pope Martin V.

Clearly, this was done in an attempt to spread the "piety" that was so prevalent in the church back then.

Don't worry, though! This guy did something awesome!

-Pal Engjëlli (1416-1470) was an Albanian Catholic clergyman, Archbishop of Durrës and Cardinal of Albania who in 1462 wrote the first known sentence in Albanian.

I mean, seriously, imagine being the first person to write a sentence ever written in a language. I bet that guy was super fly for the rest of his life.

Alright! I hope you enjoyed these words. I found a few more today, since I was running out of some. I think I'm going to stick with these posts for now, because I want to do these every day and it's hard to fit the other, more broadly informational posts in, even with no school during Spring Break.

It's ridiculous how much work I have. I just want to be lethargic, but the teachers have given me an indubitably ludicrous load of homework, which is leaving an indelible mark on my time. I have the voracious urge to rant about it, but the resulting diatribe would create a cacophony. ;P



  1. I love having an expansive vocabulary. I hate those people who say the word "like" 500 times in one sentence.

  2. this is actually pretty good. Following for sure.

  3. Archaic describes my old laptop. XD

    I don't know how to use pious in regards to my life.

  4. This is a cool thing you've got going here.

  5. What a novel idea for a blog. Followed for sure!