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Word of the Day – Rampallion

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Rampallion (noun) (rare) (archaic)

ram-pal-ee-un

A ruffian, a villain, a rascal.

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Nashe (d. c1601), writer. Origin uncertain. Perhaps from ramp + -allion, perhaps showing alteration of rascallion by association with ramp. Perhaps compare later ramscallion, rapscallion, tatterdemalion.

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Word of the Day – Salutation

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Salutation (noun)

sal-yu-tay-shun

A gesture or utterance made as a greeting or acknowledgment of another’s arrival or departure.

Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin salutatio(n-), from salutare ‘pay one’s respects to’ (see salute).

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Word of the Day – Paraph

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Paraph (noun)

pa-raf

A flourish at the end of a signature, usually as a precaution against forgery.

Late Middle English (denoting a paragraph): from French paraphe, from medieval Latin paraphus (contraction of paragraphus ‘short horizontal stroke’).

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Word of the Day – Antipodes

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Antipodes (plural noun)

an-tip-o-deez

Diametrically opposite. Or if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, Australia and it’s surrounding nations.

Late Middle English: via French or late Latin from Greek antipodes ‘having the feet opposite’, from anti ‘against, opposite’ + pous, pod- ‘foot’. The term originally denoted the inhabitants of opposite sides of the earth.

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