Word of the Day – Pleonasm

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Pleonasm (noun)

plee-o-naz-m

The use of more words than are necessary to convey meaning (e.g. see with one’s eyes), either as a fault of style or for emphasis.

Mid 16th century: via late Latin from Greek pleonasmos, from pleonazein ‘be superfluous’.

Example sentences

“For all her pleonasm, for all her longwinded babbling, there’s much I still don’t know”

Word of the Day – Chimaera

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Chimaera (noun) (also Chimera)

kai-mee-ra

(in Greek mythology) a fire-breathing female monster with a lion’s head, a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail. (modern biology) An organism containing a mixture of genetically different tissues, formed by processes such as fusion of early embryos, grafting, or mutation.

Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek khimaira ‘she-goat or chimaera’.

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