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 – Rampallion

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Rampallion (noun) (rare) (archaic)

ram-pal-ee-un

A ruffian, a villain, a rascal.

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Nashe (d. c1601), writer. Origin uncertain. Perhaps from ramp + -allion, perhaps showing alteration of rascallion by association with ramp. Perhaps compare later ramscallion, rapscallion, tatterdemalion.

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Word of the Day – Paraph

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Paraph (noun)

pa-raf

A flourish at the end of a signature, usually as a precaution against forgery.

Late Middle English (denoting a paragraph): from French paraphe, from medieval Latin paraphus (contraction of paragraphus ‘short horizontal stroke’).

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