Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for January 21, 2020 is:
bonhomie • bah-nuh-MEE • noun
: good-natured easy friendliness
“For older athletes, the bonhomie among teammates and rivals who have spent years sprinting or skating together, or boxing one another out under the rim, is often as important as the exercise. Many have become friends off the court, sharing meals and socializing after games.” — Robert Weisman, The Boston Globe, 4 Dec. 2019
“Throughout its history, the hugely successful TV show ‘Downton Abbey’ warmly embraced the tradition of the Christmas episode, a seasonally themed special that continued the endless narrative but with a particularly romantic and sentimental nod to what audiences wanted on Christmas Day, a time of familial togetherness and bonhomie.” — Chris Jones, The Chicago Tribune, 19 Nov. 2019
Did you know?
English speakers borrowed bonhomie from French, where the word was created from bonhomme, which means “good-natured man” and is itself a composite of two other French words: bon, meaning “good,” and homme, meaning “man.” That French compound traces to two Latin terms, bonus (meaning “good”) and homo (meaning either “man” or “human being”). English speakers have warmly embraced bonhomie and its meaning, but we have also anglicized the pronunciation in a way that may make native French speakers cringe. (We hope they will be good-natured about it!)