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 – Shibboleth

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Shibboleth (noun)


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)


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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