Word of the Day – Penumbra

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Penumbra (noun)

pen-um-bra

A half shadow. The partially shaded outer region of the shadow cast by an opaque object. Also, A peripheral or indeterminate area or group.

Mid 17th century: modern Latin, from Latin paene ‘almost’ + umbra ‘shadow’.

Example sentences

“As I dodged the heat of the day, standing in the penumbra of the large mansion house.”

“The problem is the penumbra of theory expands the potential answer too greatly.”

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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