Word of the Day – Ululate

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Ululate (verb)

u-loo-lay-t/ yu-loo-lay-t

Howl or wail as an expression of strong emotion, typically grief.

Early 17th century: from Latin ululat- ‘howled, shrieked’, from the verb ululare, of imitative origin. Both listed pronunciations are accepted.

Example sentences

“The crowd ululates as the body is laid out.”

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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