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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
MEANING:adjective, also used as a noun:
1. Using a roundabout form of expression; wordy.
2. Formed by the use of two or more words instead of inflection.
"daughter of John" (compared with "John's daughter)
"It did happen" (compared with "It happened")
"more stupid" (compared with "stupider")
"Do you have" (compared with "Have you")
ETYMOLOGY:Via Latin, from Greek periphrastikos, from periphrazein (to explain around), from peri- (around) + phrazein (to speak, say).
USAGE:"There is something frustratingly schematic about the characters ... periphrastic leader writer set against a reporter who speaks mostly in grunts and sighs."
Charles Spencer; Alphabetical Order, Hampstead Theatre; The Daily Telegraph (London, UK); Apr 22, 2009.
[leader = editorial]
"Some people are annoyed by the errors they find in others' choice of grammar or selection of vocabulary. To these guardians of language, there are few more egregious slip-ups (slips-up?) than ... to utilize an inflectional, rather than a periphrastic."
Ammon Shea; Error-Proof; The New York Times; Sep 28, 2009.
Explore "periphrastic" in the Visual Thesaurus.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:I am not a lover of lawns. Rather would I see daisies in their thousands, ground ivy, hawkweed, and even the hated plantain with tall stems, and dandelions with splendid flowers and fairy down, than the too-well-tended lawn. -William Henry Hudson, author and naturalist (1841-1922)
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