Category: Word of the Day
pae lihn drom
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.”
a minor or secondary plot in a work of fiction or film.
fIg yə rə tihv
not meant to be interpreted in a literal way; metaphorical.
“It’s raining cats and dogs” is a figurative expression that means that it is raining very hard and not that animals are falling from the clouds.
In tə neI shən
1. the pattern of changes in pitch of the speaking or singing voice.
In English, rising intonation at the end of a statement usually signals a question.
2. the act or manner of speaking, esp. with regard to pitch and its reflection of meaning.
3. the act or manner of producing musical tones.
1. the study of the structure and formation of phrases and sentences.
She is a linguist specializing in German syntax.
2. the rules in a language that govern the structure and formation of sentences.
“Colorless green ideas sleep furiously” is a famous example of a sentence that is semantically absurd but is in perfect accordance with the syntax of English.
3. the word order or pattern of word order in a phrase or sentence.
The complex syntax often used by Henry James makes reading his novels a challenge.
4. in computer science, the rules governing the way machine language commands are interpreted.
5. any systematic arrangement; order.