Word of the Day – Woebegone

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Woebegone (adj)

wo-bee-gon

Sad or miserable in appearance.

Middle English (in the sense ‘afflicted with grief’): from woe + begone ‘surrounded’ (past participle of obsolete bego ‘go around, beset’).

Example sentences

“The dog looks so woebegone!”

“Don’t look so woebegone, he’ll be back soon.”

Word of the Day – Noughting

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Noughting (noun)

naw-ting

Depreciation, scorn; effacement, eradication; an instance of this.

Middle English; earliest use found in Hali Meidenhad: an alliterative homily. From nought + -ing. In later use from nought + -ing.

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Word of the Day – Itinerant

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Itinerant (adj) (noun)

it-in-er-unt

Travelling from place to place. / A person who travels from place to place.

Late 16th century (used to describe a judge travelling on a circuit): from late Latin itinerant- ‘travelling’, from the verb itinerari, from Latin iter, itiner- ‘journey, road’.

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