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Note 218 – How the Merriam-Webster Company was formed

Whilst writing Note 215 – A little bit of history about British and American English the other day, I came across the name Noah Webster and the company name G&C Merriam Company and realised that there must be some connection so I’ve been researching over the last few days.  The history of how Merriam-Webster was formed is quite interesting – … Continue reading

Note 213 – The latin term bona fide

The first known use of the Latin term bona fide was in 1632 (source Merriam Webster online dictionary).  Below are some definitions followed by the use of bona fide in sentences. Definitions The definition of bona fide is ‘good faith’. Daily Writing Tips explain that in contract law, “parties must always act in good faith if … Continue reading

Note 208 – The Latin expression ‘per se’

According to Wikipedia, per se is a Latin phrase meaning ‘in itself’, although the individual Latin words can be defined as: per = by or through se = itself, himself, herself or themselves The Merriam Webster dictionary explains that per se can be used as an adverb or an adjective as follows: Definition of per se as an adverb (source: … Continue reading

Note 207 – The use of the word frisson

Merriam Webster  defines the noun frisson as a “brief moment of emotional excitement”. The Collins English Dictionary has a similar meaning of “shiver of fear or excitement” . The appropriate synonyms are shudder and thrill which is also the translation of frisson in French (according to About.com). Did you know that the first known use of this word … Continue reading

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