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Defenestrate

Thank you Daniel Milsein, for suggesting this word! 

Defenition: The action of throwing out of a window.

Origin

This word is a very interesting one, as it was invented for one occasion and one occasion only, probably used in that only case.

This verb originated from the Latin word fenestra, meaning window, and holds a special place in history. In Prague, on May 21st, 1618, two catholic deputies of the Bohemian National Assembly, together with a secretary, were tosses out of the window and into the castle of Hradshin’s moat, by Protestant radicals. This event, which marked the start of the Thirty Years War, is known as the “Defenestration of Prague”.

Why this word?

This word really portrays the evolution of language. New ‘things’ are constantly creates, so the nouns lexical category is constantly changing. New impressions and emotions are responsible for the evolution of adjectives. And as for verbs, this category is a relatively set one. The recent years brought forth verbs such as ‘googling’ or ‘blogging’ as the need for them actually exists, but defenestration was a onetime happenstance that made its way into language.

How to use defenestration?

Although this verb was specifically coined following an even in which people were thrown out of the window, there is nothing in the word itself to mark a human agent. Thus you can use it for each and every time you, or anyone else, throw something out of the window- without saying the word ‘window’ as it is already marked within the word.

David constantly defenestrates his cigarettes! Who does he think will clean it??

Defenestrating one’s garbage is an act bad culture.

You can also use it as a new humoristic threat: “You have two seconds to tone down the music before I defenestrate you!”    

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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for UnusedWords.com. Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.

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