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Note 296 – The words bifurcate, trifurcate and quadfurcate

A work colleague has kindly provided the idea for today’s post.  She came across the word bifurcate a couple of weeks ago which means to split one main body into two separate ones.  She then decided google trifurcate, with the logic that there must be a word that means splitting things up into something other than two parts.  She … Continue reading

Note 295 – The Word Congruent

I seem to be coming across more and more words that I am unsure of lately, but then maybe I am looking out for them more (or just not dismissing as many).  Yesterday, I had to look up the word congruent which I actually couldn’t find in the Pocket Collins Dictionary and Thesaurus, but then … Continue reading

Note 293 – The Double Meaning of Utopia

Although the word utopia and eutopia sound the same, they have different meanings i.e. they are examples of homophones. The word utopia comes from the Greek word ou-topos which translates to ‘no place’ or ‘nowhere’ according to the British Library website. According to Wikipedia, the Greek translation for eu is “good” or “well” therefore eutopia means … Continue reading

Note 292 – The word exponential

Whenever I hear a word that I’m unsure about, I like to find out as much as I can about it, make up sentences in my mind and then try to explain it to others.  After looking up the word exponential at lunchtime, I have been playing around with it in my head and the best way that … Continue reading

Note 291 – Words Meaning Love (includes quiz)

Being Valentine’s day yesterday I thought I would dedicate this blog to words meaning love. It also seemed appropriate because I had a lovely surprise waiting for me when I got home from work yesterday – my partner and our two girls had prepared me a fantastic four-course meal. On the table were hearts, candles, … Continue reading

Note 290 – The word therein

I have used this word a few times recently so thought that it was about time I looked up the exact definition and found out if it should have a hyphen or not.  The free shows it with a hyphen ‘there-in’ and they define this adverb as follows: In that place, time, or thing. In that … Continue reading

Note 285 – How would you write the words ‘shock horror’?

I was going to write the words ‘shock horror’ in my blog yesterday but hesitated as I didn’t know if it was hyphenated, separated by a comma or just two separate words. The Cambridge dictionary defines it as “an expression used when you are pretending to feel very shocked by a piece of news” and shows … Continue reading

Note 283 – There’s no such word as layed

I had to revisit one of my previous notes today: Note 237 – Do you lay or lie on the settee? to check the past tense of the word lay which is laid and NOT layed, for example, ‘I laid the information out concisely’.  I felt like it was an important point to note that there is no … Continue reading

Note 282 – The word synonymous

I like the sound of the word synonymous, but have never used it in a sentence before (although I have written about synonyms). define it as ‘equivalent in meaning’ or ‘expressing or implying the same idea’.  Synonymous is in the top ten percent of words looked up in the Merriam-Webster dictionaries and their definitions of this 17th century word are: having the … Continue reading

Note 280 – The word exigencies

After reading the following quote in my daily planning pages, I had to look up the word exigencies (which is the plural of exigency): “If difficulties arise, we must put forth new exertion and proportion our efforts to the exigencies of the times”    ~ George Washington Wiktionary defines exigencies as “the demands or requirements of a situation”.  … Continue reading

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