Thursday, 2 June 2011

Words of the Day

Please note the additional 's' on the end of 'Word' because today I have not one, but two new words for you. Admittedly this is because the first one is a slightly futile word but it's just fun to say and fun to know.


1.Avoirdupois weight, a system of weights based on a pound containing 16 ounces or 7,000 grains (453.59 grams).

2.Weight; heaviness; as, a person of much avoirdupois.

Avoirdupois comes from Middle English avoir de pois, "goods sold by weight," from Old French aveir de peis, literally "goods of weight,"
N.B: "slightly" futile, not entirely futile as I can put avoirdupois into a sentence!

Sentence example: Charlotte was determined to stay active until middle age and avoirdupois took over.

The next word may not be entirely seasonally appropriate but as I just re-watched 'Home Alone' and fell back in love with Macaulay Culkin, I thought I would share it with you anyway.


Glittering with gold or silver; tinselled

Sentence Example: The water had been turned clinquant by the sunset.

By Talia

1 comment:

  1. Also "avoir du pois" in French means "to have weight"... just to say :)