Word of the Day – Ilk

By March 4, 2018 Word of the Day

Ilk (noun)


A type of people or things similar to those already referred to.

Old English ilca ‘same’, of Germanic origin; related to alike.

In modern usage, ilk is used in phrases such as of his ilk and of that ilk to mean ‘type’ or ‘sort.’ This sense arose out of a misunderstanding of the earlier, Scottish use in the phrase of that ilk, where it means ‘of the same name or place.’ For this reason, some traditionalists regard the modern use as incorrect. It is, however, the only common current use and is now part of standard English

Example sentences

“You know, salesmen and people of that ilk.”

Word of the Day – Cogitate

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Cogitate (adj)


Think deeply about something; meditate or reflect.

Late 16th century: from Latin cogitat- ‘considered’, from the verb cogitare, from co- ‘together’ + agitare ‘turn over, consider’.

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Word of the Day – Careen

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Careen (verb)


(of a ship) tilt; lean over.
Move swiftly and in an uncontrolled way.

Late 16th century (as a noun denoting the position of a careened ship): from French carène, from Italian carena, from Latin carina ‘a keel’. Sense 2 was influenced by the verb career.

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Word of the Day – Lacet

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Lacet (noun)


A flat braided tape; especially a braid used to form designs on lace. Also: braided work, especially on lace. Frequently attributive, as “lacet braid”, “lacet work”, etc.

A hairpin bend in a road.

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Ladies’ Monthly Museum. From French lacet flat braided tape, braid used to form designs on lace from lace + -et
mid 19th century. From French lacet hairpin bend, specific sense development of lacet lace.

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