Tuesday, August 16, 2011

WeekWord, Tenacious (Or Tenacity)

Sometimes, the grandchildren have a tenacious hold on Grandpa!

Carmen over at Biomouse (Check out her cool post for quixotic) has invited me to host the WeekWord this week, and I agreed, with caveats--my computer is messing up. However, I hope it will work well enough to allow me to do this.

I have tentatively chosen the word

Tenacious (or tenacity)

as the word for this week.

As personality trait, think of tenacity, for example, as the ability to hold fast to a goal or a belief and not let go in the face of challenge and hardship. Tenacity is the ability to stick with a project through to completion even when difficulties arise. I would like to be more tenacious in that respect!

I see tenacity as an admirable quality as opposed to pure stubbornness which could be a bad thing. A fine line divides the two.

This is a short week, since this is already Wednesday, and I was away much of the day; I just got home. If that word was recently used, I have some others in mind, let me know.

If you want to play along, please leave a note below. Hopefully, Friday, or Saturday, for the late players, I will post the links. I would deeply appreciate it if anyone who can would give me ACTUAL LINKS to your posts.

I do not know how to make this word/post appear in the portal.

Here is the official definition from Webster:

Definition of TENACIOUS
a : not easily pulled apart : cohesive tenacious metal>

b : tending to adhere or cling especially to another substance <tenacious burs>
a : persistent in maintaining, adhering to, or seeking something valued or desired tenacious advocate of civil rights> <tenacious negotiators>

Examples of TENACIOUS
  1. The company has a tenacious hold on the market.

  2. tenacious trainer, she adheres to her grueling swimming schedule no matter what>

  3. But raw capitalism has also proved tenacious, evolving its own means of endlessly restimulating consumption … —Nicholas Fraser, Harper's, November 2003

  4. [+]more
Latin tenac-, tenax tending to hold fast, from ten─ôre to hold
First Known Use: 1607
Related to TENACIOUS
Antonyms: nonadhesive
See Synonym Discussion at strong
Rhymes with TENACIOUS

Let me know if this is a bad word (too recently used?) and I'll choose another.


John said...

Great word Mary, I am in.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Thanks, John, and I appreciate the help with the portal!!! :-D

Biomouse said...

Count me in! trust me I'm going to need some of that stuff to make it through this week :)

sowandsew said...

Late to the party, but I'll post something.

merrytait said...

Thank you Biomouse and sowandsew!!!! :-D YAY! Looking forward to seeing what you post.