Wednesday Word of the Week | January 29, 2014


ef|fer¦ves|cent | ef-fer-ves-uhnt


  1. Giving off bubbles
  2. High spirits or excitement


One of them was a thickset Youngman who played doggedly without speaking, the other was an effervescent young man with white eyebrows and a nervous manner.”

— James Joyce, Stephen Hero


This word is composed of ex (up, out) and fervescere (to start boiling)

Additional Notes

This is a pretty awesome word. Not only is it phonetically pleasing to hear and say, but I find it extremely interesting when words are used outside of their intended context. Effervescent, originally only used in chemistry and the sciences, has been taken to describe human personalities so peculiarly and beautifully.