graphics version of site | home | services | digital | client comments | news etc | faqs | rates | work with us | contact | links | site map

(Word for Word's Word of the Week)


Pronunciation: pi-gæl-jee-yê

Noun meaning: Pain in the a _ _ _, literally and figuratively.

Etymology: This week's word is a compound comprising pyge "backside" + algos "pain" + -ia, a noun suffix. Algos is the noun from algein "to feel pain". Algia shows up in many English words, such as myalgia "muscle pain" and analgesic "pain-killer" from a(n) "no, not, un-" + algia "pain" + -ic, an adjective-noun suffix. Nostalgia comes from Greek nostos "homecoming" + algia.

Thought: I think we could find plenty of opportunities to use this word.

back to top