Several months ago a friend started forwarding me emails from Merriam Webster when there was a particularly interesting “Word of the Day.”
After a while, I opted in to get those daily messages myself, and I learned something interesting: There are some words that I recognize and “know” what they mean, but I can’t come up with a definition.
I always try before I scroll down to get the answer.
Today’s word was “galumph.” Can you define it?
A few days ago the word was “admonish.” I knew one definition, but not the others, although in thinking about it, I’m sure I’ve heard it used in those other ways.
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who “kind of” knows the meanings of some words. Every now and then I’ll read a word in a post or an article and think “Did they use that word correctly?” Then I type it in to Google to get the definition.
Sometimes the answer is yes and sometimes no. Quite often, the meaning is close, or at least related. Like me, the writer had some idea of the meaning, but didn’t quite hit the mark.
Lucky for me, copywriters are trained to use words that any 5th grade student can comprehend.
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Did you want those definitions?
Galumph: To move with a clumsy, heavy tread.
- To indicate duties or obligations to
- To express warning or disapproval, especially in a gentle, earnest, or solicitous manner
- To give friendly, earnest advice or encouragement to
- To say something as advice or a warning
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