Word of the Day – Balafon

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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 – Shibboleth

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Shibboleth (noun)

shib-oh-leth

A custom, principle, or belief distinguishing a particular class or group of people, especially a long-standing one regarded as outmoded or no longer important.

Mid 17th century: from Hebrew šibbōleṯ ‘ear of corn’, used as a test of nationality by its difficult pronunciation (Judg. 12:6).

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Word of the Day – Symposium

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Symposium (noun)

sim-poe-zee-um

A conference or meeting to discuss a particular subject./ A collection of essays or papers on a particular subject by a number of contributors.

Late 16th century (denoting a drinking party): via Latin from Greek sumposion, from sumpotēs ‘fellow drinker’, from sun- ‘together’ + potēs ‘drinker’.

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