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Words of the Day (10/02)

Here’s the next installment of Friday words. For all my Words of the Day posts, click HERE.

Etymologies:

  • Fall. (Noun. Synonym for autumn – fall is actually only used in the U.S.). This is from 1664, and it’s short for “fall of the leaf” (1545).
  • Halloween. (Noun. October 31st.) From about 1745. The word is a Scottish shortening of Allhallow-even (Eve of All Saints, last night of October, from 1556). In the Celtic calendar it was the last night of the year. It’s actually an old pagan holiday.
  • October. (Noun. The 10th month of the year.) The word is from about 1050AD. Octo- is from Latin (= eight). October used to be the eighth month in the Roman calendar, but it’s the tenth month in the Gregorian calendar (what we use now).

Vocabulary:

  • Recondite: adjective. Little known, obscure. “Her lectures were filled with recondite information.”
  • Redoubtable: adjective. Formidable (like an opponent; can be humorous). “He is a redoubtable opponent in Battlefied 1943.”
  • Refulgent: adjective. Shining brightly. “That fat cat has such beautiful, refulgent eyes.”

Enjoy this beautiful fall weekend.


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