Word of the Day – Balafon

By July 17, 2017Word of the Day

Balafon (noun)

bal-u-fon

A large xylophone with hollow gourds as resonators, used in West African music.

Via French from Manding bala ‘xylophone’ + fo ‘to play’.

Example sentences

“You could hear the balafon resonating across the crowd.”

Word of the Day – Bunkum

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Bunkum (noun)

bun-kum

Nonsense, untrue

Mid 19th century (originally buncombe): named after Buncombe County in North Carolina, mentioned in an inconsequential speech made by its congressman solely to please his constituents ( c 1820).

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Word of the Day – Grandiloquent

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Grandiloquent (adj)

gran-di-lo-kwent

Pompous or extravagant in language, style, or manner, especially in a way that is intended to impress.

Late 16th century: from Latin grandiloquus, literally ‘grand-speaking’, from grandis ‘grand’ + loqui ‘speak’. The ending was altered in English by association with eloquent.

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