Thursday, July 9, 2009

Word of the Day: Bivouac

Pronunciation: \ˈbi-və-ˌwak, ˈbiv-ˌwak\

Etymology: French, from Low German biwacht, from bi by + wacht guard

Date: 1819
Definition: 1: a usually temporary encampment under little or no shelter 2: encampment usually for a night 3: a temporary or casual shelter or lodging

So, I was talking about favorite poems today with some friends when read his which contained the word 'bivouac' in one of the stanzas. Since I did not know the word, I looked it up via Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary. As we were chatting, another friend suggested looking for a picture to help in visualizing the definition. This was the first picture, and it is definitely not a bivouac where I would want to sleep. Looks fun though!