Word of the Day – Quiddity

By November 9, 2017Word of the Day

Quiddity (noun)


The very essence of; the inherent nature of something or someone.

Late Middle English: from medieval Latin quidditas, from Latin quid ‘what’.

Example sentences

“It is the quiddity of a shark to harm those in its territory.”

“It’s just part of his quiddities and quirks.”

Word of the Day – Rampallion

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Rampallion (noun) (rare) (archaic)


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)


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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