Word of the Day – Quiddity

By November 9, 2017Word of the Day

Quiddity (noun)

kwid-it-ee

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 – Machree

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Machree (noun) (Irish/Scots)

ma’k-ree

As a form of address: my dear. Now chiefly in “Mother Machree”, expressing (usually ironically) a stereotyped conception of Celtic or Irish identity.

Late 17th century; earliest use found in Irish Hudibras. From Irish mo chroí (Scottish Gaelic mo chridhe) my heart, my beloved from mo my + croí (Scottish Gaelic cridhe) heart from Early Irish cride heart, cognate with heart [interjection, adverb].

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