May 24, 2015
- boss (noun)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : the person (as an employer or supervisor) who tells workers what to do2 : the head of a group; especially : a powerful politician who controls all party business
- How do you use it?
- "Instead of walking in front of the plant with signs the people who are on strike just sit down on their job. That way the bosses can't bring other people in to steal their jobs." (Christopher Paul Curtis, _Bud, Not Buddy_)
- Are you a word wiz?
Today's Buzzword, "boss," entered English from Dutch. Which word below do you think also comes from Dutch?We hope you hustled to pick answer A! The Dutch verb "husselen," meaning "to shake," is the parent of our word "hustle." "Boss" traces to the Dutch noun "baas," meaning "master." There are many other words in English with Dutch ancestry. See if you can find three of them in this sentence: "The cashier grumbled when she realized she didn't have any one dollar bills in her till." The answers? "Cashier," "grumble," and "dollar."