Word of the Day – Tantamount

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Tantamount (adj)

tan-ta-mow-nt

Equivalent in seriousness to; virtually the same as.

Mid 17th century: from the earlier verb tantamount ‘amount to as much’, from Italian tanto montare.

Example sentences

“His reaction is tantamount to guilt, he may as well have confessed.”

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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