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Jul 8, 2015
This week’s theme
Words that aren’t what they appear to be

This week’s words
accidence
livelong
bespoke
limpid
tribology

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bespoke

PRONUNCIATION:
(bi-SPOHK)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Custom-made.
2. Relating to custom-made products.

ETYMOLOGY:
Shortening of bespoken, past participle of bespeak (to speak for, to arrange), from Old English besprecan (to speak about). Earliest documented use: 1755.

USAGE:
“Book in for an eye test, as it’s much better for your eyes to get a pair that are bespoke to your needs, rather than just picking up a pair in the supermarket.”
Keep Eye Health in Your Sights; Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland); Jun 28, 2015.

See more usage examples of bespoke in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings. -Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, psychiatrist and author (8 Jul 1926-2004)

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