As Vanilla Ice stated so eloquently:
“Word to your mother.”
And today’s word of the day is “clamber.”
I’ve loved this word since JK Rowling over-used it throughout the great Harry Potter books. Don’t get me wrong – I’m glad she did.
It’s a very British-sounding word, which I love; and it rolls so smoothly as it comes off the tip of the tongue.
But what does it mean?
clam·ber – [klam-ber, klam-er] to climb, using both feet and hands; climb with effort or difficulty.
A few examples to set you straight:
1. MJ, have you been clambering up the steps? It took you, forever, to get to the third floor.
2. Harry Potter fans will clamber into theaters at midnight Thursday (figurative use of clamber).
3. I had to clamber over the rubble to get to the top of the hill.
Because I’m edu-taining you about one of my favorite words, I must caution you:
There is another word that is ever-so-close to clamber. That word is “clamor.”
Clamor has a totally different meaning: To make a vehement protest or demand.
So, whatever you do, don’t clamber when you should be clamoring, and vice versa!
Now that you have a couple of new words, you’ll probably be clamoring for more.
No doubt clambering through the internets to find more fascinating words.
Have I wowed you with these two words?
Did you learn something new?