Word of the Day – Twonk

By January 11, 2018Word of the Day

Twonk (noun) (British) (informal)

t-wonk

A stupid or foolish person.

1980s: perhaps a blend of twit or twat and plonker.

Example sentences

“Just ignore him, he’s such a twonk.”

Word of the Day – Diapason

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Diapason (noun)

dai-a-pay-sun

A grand swelling burst of harmony.

(literary) The entire compass, range, or scope of something.

Late Middle English (denoting the interval of an octave): via Latin from Greek dia pasōn (khordōn) ‘through all (notes)’.

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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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Word of the Day – Lixiviate

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Lixiviate (verb) (chemistry) (archaic)

lik-siv-ee-ayt

Separate (a substance) into soluble and insoluble constituents by the percolation of liquid.

Mid 17th century: from modern Latin lixiviat- ‘impregnated with lye’, from the verb lixiviare, from lixivius ‘made into lye’, from lix ‘lye’.

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