Word of the Day – Macaronic

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Macaronic (adj)

mak-a-ron-ik

Denoting language, especially burlesque verse, containing words or inflections from one language introduced into the context of another.

Early 17th century (in the sense ‘characteristic of a jumble or medley’): from modern Latin macaronicus, from obsolete Italian macaronico, a humorous formation from macaroni (see macaroni).

Example sentences

“This term we’re studying a macaronic poem I tink you’ll all enjoy”

“She spoke almost in a macaronic jumble.”

Word of the Day – Premonish

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Premonish (verb) (rare)

pree-mon-ish

Inform (someone) of a possible future danger or problem; forewarn.

Mid 16th century: from Latin praemonere ‘forewarn’ with the ending altered after the pattern of admonish.

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Word of the Day – Connive

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Connive (verb)

kon-aiv

Secretly allow (something immoral, illegal, or harmful) to occur.

Conspire to do something immoral, illegal, or harmful.

Early 17th century: from French conniver or Latin connivere ‘shut the eyes (to)’, from con- ‘together’ + an unrecorded word related to nictare ‘to wink’.

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