Word of the Day – Pleonasm

By June 18, 2017Word of the Day

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 – Plap

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Plap (verb)

pl-ap

To come down or fall with the sound of a flat impact; to make a light slapping sound.

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in William Thackeray (1811–1863), novelist. Imitative. Compare plash, plash, flap, slap.

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