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# Word for the Day

A word that sounds like its meaning….   onomatopoeia   Boom! Bang! Crash! When a word is formed from the sound that an associated thing makes, call it an example of onomatopoeia.   In Greek, onomatopoeia (on-uh-mah-tuh-PEE-ah) simply means “word-making,” but in English it refers to a very specific process of word-making: an attempt to capture the sound…

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# Word for the Day

If you use this word then you are supporting something or someone else.     ancillary   The adjective ancillary originally meant “relating to maidservants” from the Latin, but the element of a female servant has fallen away and now the word merely refers to a position as helpful or subordinate. An example of how something in…

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# Word for the Day

These type of people tend to act snobby and superior… supercilious   Supercilious people think very highly of themselves, more highly than of others. If your sister tends to act snobby and superior, you can describe her as supercilious.   You might expect Nobel Prize winners to be supercilious — after all, they’ve reached the very heights…