Word of the Day – Prolegomenon

By November 12, 2017 Word of the Day

Prolegomenon (noun)

pro-le-gom-uh-non

A critical or discursive introduction to a book.

Mid 17th century: via Latin from Greek, passive present participle (neuter) of prolegein ‘say beforehand’, from pro ‘before’ + legein ‘say’.

Example sentences

“The essay was nothing but a length prolegomenon, designed to put you off reading the actual work.”

Word of the Day – Zorbing

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Zorbing (noun)

zaw-bing

A sport in which one is secured inside a large transparent ball which is then rolled along the ground or down hills.

1990s: invented word from Zorb (the name of the ball used in this activity) + -ing.

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