Word of the Day – Patrin

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Patrin (noun)


A marker made from leaves and twigs left by gypsies to indicate the direction taken and travelling group.

Late 19th century; earliest use found in George Whyte-Melville (1821–1878), novelist and poet. From Welsh Romani patrin leaf, patrin from Balkan Romani patrí from Sanskrit patrikā, diminutive of patra leaf, feather.

Example sentences

“The four twigs in the patrin indicates four caravans.”

Word of the Day – Anathema

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Anathema (noun)


Something or someone that one vehemently dislikes/ A strong curse.

Early 16th century: from ecclesiastical Latin, ‘excommunicated person, excommunication’, from Greek anathema ‘thing dedicated’, (later) ‘thing devoted to evil, accursed thing’, from anatithenai ‘to set up’.

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