Word of the Day – Ameliorate

By September 11, 2017Word of the Day

Ameliorate (verb)

a-mee-lee-o-rayt

Make (something bad or unsatisfactory) better.

Mid 18th century: alteration of meliorate, influenced by French améliorer, from meilleur ‘better’.

Example sentences

“Someone needs to ameliorate the whole country!”

“The reform did a lot to ameliorate living standards.”

Word of the Day – Rampallion

By | Word of the Day | No Comments

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.

Read More

Word of the Day – Paraph

By | Word of the Day | No Comments

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’).

Read More

Leave a Reply