[That Word This Saturday] Stymie

I had to smile when I read my word of the day. I literally stood in front of the bathroom mirror to practice saying it; I think it took me 10 tries not to smile. The word I am thinking of is so far apart in meaning from this one. Anyways, here’s my word of the day:

stymie \STYE-mee\

verb. to present an obstacle to : stand in the way of


Progress on the project has been stymied by lack of funds.

Further information about the word of the day (source: Merriam-Webster App for iPhone)

Golf was being played in Scotland as early as the 15th century, but it wasn’t until the 19th century that the sport really caught on in England and North America. It was also in the 19th century that the word “stymie” entered English as a noun referring to a golfing situation in which one player’s ball lies between another ball and the hole on the putting green, thereby blocking the line of play. Later, “stymie” came to be used as a verb meaning “to bring into the position of, or impede by, a stymie.” By the early 20th century, the verb was being applied in similarly vexing non-golf contexts.

So it is golf related; I think I’d be able to use it while watching the golfers from the balcony. Lately it has been fun to watch, plenty of cute guys and gals. I’m just somewhat stopping myself from buying a yellow binoculars ala Go Dok-mi because hello, wide open spaces, I don’t want to embarrass myself.

That’s a new and interesting word there; stymie. Now all I have to do is not to confuse it with steamy, because it’s not a hot word at all.


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