Word of the Day – Exhort

By January 7, 2017Word of the Day

Exhort (verb)

egz-or-t

Strongly encourage or urge (someone) to do something.

The French roots for the word exhort mean “thoroughly encourage,” so to exhort is to fill up with encouragement.

Example sentences

“He exhorts me not to take the problems of the world so seriously, and to have more faith.”

“Another passage was the one where Miss Brodie exhorts her girls to be sure to recognise their prime and to live it to the full.”

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Word of the Day – Fandangle

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Fandangle (noun)

fan-dan-gul

A useless or purely ornamental thing: Nonsense.

Believed to have been derived from the Spanish dance Fandango which was adapted by the English to mean foolish in the early 19th century, perhaps by the Puritans of the time.

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Word of the Day – Clout

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Clout (noun)

kl-ao-wt

A heavy blow with the hand or a hard object: Influence or power, especially in politics or business.

(archaic) A piece of cloth or article of clothing which is the clout mentioned in the proverb; “ne’er cast a clout till May be out” with May more likely to mean the blossom of the Hawthorn than the month.

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Word of the Day – Filch

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Filch (verb)

fil-tch

Pilfer or steal (something, especially an item of small value) in a casual way.

Middle English filchen to attack (in a body), take as booty, Old English fylcian to marshal (troops), draw (soldiers) up in battle array, derivative of gefylce band of men; akin to folk.

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