Today's Word of the Day means...
: I ''ghosted'' my wife's cookbook (1922+)
[theater sense said to be fr a line in Hamlet: ''The ghost walks,'' implying that pay is at hand; analogous with ''the eagle shits,'' referring to the source of pay]
an old Saxon word equivalent to soul or spirit. It is the translation of the Hebrew _nephesh_ and the Greek _pneuma_, both meaning "breath," "life," "spirit," the "living principle" (Job 11:20; Jer. 15:9; Matt. 27:50; John 19:30). The expression "to give up the ghost" means to die (Lam. 1:19; Gen. 25:17; 35:29; 49:33; Job 3:11). (See HOLY GHOST.)
word game in which each player in turn presents a letter that must contribute to the eventual formation of a word but not complete it. The player whose letter completes a word loses the round and becomes one-third of a ghost. Three losses make a player a full ghost, putting him out of the game. Letters are usually spelled in the order presented, as a is added to pl to form pla, which may eventually become "placating." In the variant game double ghosts, the player may specify whether his letter is to be attached before or after the preceding letters