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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. A strong point: something in which a person excels.
2. The stronger, lower part of a sword blade.
Used in music direction (FOHR-tay)
adjective: 3. Loud.
adverb: 4. In a forceful manner.
For 1, 2: From French forte (strong), from Latin fortis (strong). Earliest documented use: before 1648. Also see foible.
For 3, 4: From Italian forte (strong, loud), from Latin fortis (strong). Also see sforzando. Earliest documented use: 1724.
The noun sense of the word was originally pronounced as a single syllable (fort), as in French, however the two-syllable pronunciation (FOHR-tay) has mostly supplanted it. The word is in that limbo state where no matter how you pronounce it, someone may fault you for it.
"Peter Mandelson made blunders in the very dark arts that were supposed to be his forte."
European Redemption; The Economist (London, UK); Oct 11, 2008.
See more usage examples of forte in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs. -Joseph Addison, essayist and poet (1672-1719)
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