Category: Word of the Day

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Mar
20
2015

synecdoche

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sih nek də ki

noun

a figure of speech in which one term is used representatively for another by substituting a part for the whole or the specific for the general, or the reverse of these, such as “wheels” for “car” or “the police” for “a policeman”.

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Mar
19
2015

onomatopoeia

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amapi ə

the formation or use of words whose sounds suggest the meanings of the words, such as “bang,” “moo,” or “jingle”.

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Mar
18
2015

portmanteau word

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port maen to wuhrd

noun

a word formed by combining the sounds and meanings of two other words, such as “smog” from “smoke” and “fog”.

 

 

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Mar
17
2015

pun

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puhn

noun

an instance or a variety of word play, often for humorous effect, that is based on a similarity in sound of two or more words or on various meanings of the same word.
Her favorite pun was about the carpenter who was boring and full of old saws.

intransitive verb

to use or devise a pun or puns.

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Mar
16
2015

palindrome

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pae lihn drom

noun

a word, number, phrase, or longer expression with letters or numbers in the same order both backward and forward, such as “level,” 1881, or “Able was I ere I saw Elba.”
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