Word of the Day – Pronking

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Pronking (verb)

pron-king

What springboks do; to bounce, prance and leap the way a springbok does.

late 19th century: from Afrikaans, literally ‘show off’, from Dutch pronken ‘to strut’.

Example sentences

“Look at those pronking Springbok, they look as though they are dancing.”

Word of the Day – Proxemics

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Proxemics (noun)

prok-sem-iks

The branch of knowledge that deals with the amount of space that people feel it necessary to set between themselves and others.

1960s: from proximity, on the pattern of words such as phonemics.

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Word of the Day – Palomino

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Palomino (noun)

pa-lo-mee-no

A pale golden or tan-coloured horse or pony with a white mane and tail, originally bred in the south-western US.

Early 20th century: from Latin American Spanish, from Spanish palomino ‘young pigeon’, from Latin palumbinus ‘resembling a dove’.

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