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Merriam-Webster entertains readers with obscure words


By Andrea Aro 

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary has decided to provide its readers  a “beautiful, obscure, and often quite useless words” every day amid the battle against the pandemic.

“As a gift to our friends (you) in a time of crisis, we’ll be keeping a thread here of beautiful, obscure, and often quite useless words,” they wrote in a Tweet.

The words that are coming out every day on its official Twitter account was compiled by the in-house experts.

Some of the words that were introduced was “Jentacular” which is pertaining to breakfast; “Cacography” which means bad handwriting; “Acersecomicke”  which means one whose hair was never cut; and “Bêtise” which means an act of foolishness or stupidity.

It started on March 20, 2020 and so far,  there were about 12 words that was introduced.

The new coronavirus pandemic is clearly “accelerating”, the World Health Organization warned Monday (March 23), but said it was still possible to change its trajectory by going on the attack.

The remarks came as the number of deaths soared past 15,000, with more than 341,000 people infected worldwide, according to a tally compiled by AFP from official sources.

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