Word of the Day – Termagant

By November 10, 2016Word of the Day

Termagant (noun)

turm-u-gant

A harsh-tempered or overbearing woman.

I love the etymology of this word: Taken to be from Latin tri- three + vagant- wandering, and to refer to the moon ‘wandering’ between heaven, earth, and hell under the three names Selene, Artemis, and Persephone..

Example sentences

“Order was restored after the removal of the the shrieking termagant from the court.”

“He would do anything to avoid her termagant mother.”

Word of the Day – Salutation

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Salutation (noun)

sal-yu-tay-shun

A gesture or utterance made as a greeting or acknowledgment of another’s arrival or departure.

Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin salutatio(n-), from salutare ‘pay one’s respects to’ (see salute).

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Word of the Day – Paraph

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Paraph (noun)

pa-raf

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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