Word of the Day – Harbinger

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Harbinger (noun)

har-bin-jer

A person or thing that announces or signals the approach of another.

Middle English: from Old French herbergere, from herbergier ‘provide lodging for’, from herberge ‘lodging’

Example sentences

“People wondered if the heat was just a spring anomaly or a harbinger of summer.”

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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