I was talking to a friend about voluntarily neutering street dogs in Greece,’that’s a great word’ I thought, ‘I’ll have that on my blog in the weekly word slot’; and so here it is for you to dissect and play around with to your heart’s content. I spent a little time turning the word over in my head before finally coming up with an alternative meaning, eventually I decided on ‘the mound of sand that appears at the edge of the beach after high tide‘.

What’s your alternative meaning?

Neuter is pronounced Nyoo-ter and it’s an adjective. It means something that has no gender or reproductive organs, an animal made sterile by castration, or to have under-developed sexual organs; or to have no allegiance to a side.

Examples of the word Neuter

  • The vet recommended that I neuter the stray cat to prevent further wild kittens being born in my shed
  • The electorate have the power to neuter the Government, the problem is they choose not to use it constructively
  • By reducing household expenses you effectively neuter the personal impact of the recession

Origin of the Word Neuter

It was first known in the 14th C and originates in th Latin word neuter meaning neither (of two).

24 thoughts on “The Weekly Word is Neuter – What’s your alternative meaning?

  1. Neuter-a special bag or box in which Noo-Noos are stored.
    (My daughter is called Nina and we always called her dummies ‘Nina’a Noo-Noos’!-I would have welcomed a Neuter as we lost so many Noos!!

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  2. Nothing to do with neuter at all, but on a topical note the word I want is to describe the extra tap of satisfaction you give to a jigsaw piece once you have it in the right spot. It could be a smap (a smug tap). Any other suggestions?

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    1. Oooh! Now there’s a word for the New Oxford English Dictionary. My favourite private word is Schmod – means someone who is particularly lovely 🙂

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  3. Neuter – an ancient ritual of Celtic origins in which during the first snowfall after marriage, the wife prepares a feast while the husband prepares a large fire in the hearth. If a hibernating salamander should escape, it is dropped into honeyed mead and swallowed whole.

    A child conceived that night will be sure to have red hair and fit to be a king unless laid low by treachery.

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      1. I’ve always felt the most amazing thing is to take an idea and turn it into wealth. It’s like magic, something for nothing.

        so far it has eluded me.

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