Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Word of the Day Challenge

My word of the day today:


/ˈsʌb tər fyudʒ/

(noun) an artifice or expedient used to evade a rule, escape a consequence, hide something, etc. Origin: 1565–75; (class="ital-inline") subterfugium, equiv. to L subterfug(ere) to evade (subter below + fugere to flee) + -ium deception, scheme, trick, dodge, ruse.

I heard this word used in a song recently and for some reason it has really stuck with me. It's such a great word and I think, quite frankly, not used nearly enough in everyday language.

So my challenge for you all (all what, three of you who still read this blog?) is to try and work it into a conversation today.

The only caveat is that you don't use it in the context of "I was reading a blog and the writer challenged her readers to work the word 'subterfuge' into a conversation today".


Chai said...

The other day, I was playing hockey and cos of injury during play, we needed to reorganise and the coach had to subterfuge.


OK... it was funnier in my head when I first thought it up.

Chai said...

Sub the fuge?

magical_m said...

Richard Hammond just used it on Top Gear, whilst discussing a hunt.