Word of the Day – Beleaguer

By February 16, 2017Word of the Day

Beleaguer (adj)

bil-eeg-uh

Lay siege to: Put in a very difficult situation.

Taken from the late 16th century Dutch belegeren meaning to camp round, which was created from be- (all) about + leger a camp..

Example sentences

“Seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them.”

“The more beleaguered he feels, the more he will dig in his heels.”

Word of the Day – Abnormous

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Abnormous (adj) (rare)

ab-nor-mus

Originally meant irregular, misshapen, but has come to mean overly enormous. Mainly US American use.

Earliest use of this is 1747 by bookseller Edmund Curll, thought to be from classic Latin abnormis.

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Word of the Day – Hooligan

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Hooligan (noun)

hoo-li-gun

A violent young trouble maker, often the member of a gang.

Fascinating etymology, hooligan comes from the Irish surname Houlihan. In the 1890s and through to the turn of the century, Irishman Patrick Hoolihan and his family ran riot in London to such an extent that their name became synonymous with disruptive and thuggish behaviour.

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