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[word-lover] 【整理】2015-05-21 How to Use a Word

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Today’s word is “umpteen”, spelled u-m-p-t-e-e-n. Umpteen is an adjective that means “very many or indefinitely numerous”. Here’s the word used in a sentence from the Sherlock Observer by Allen Norwood. “It’s the honcho that everybody hates most, I see that on TV how to shows read it on umpteen do it yourself sides. Nobody likes removing wallpaper.” In Patrick Gills early 20th century novel, The Great Push, his war-weary character Bill says, “I will go to bed and I will not get up for umpty 11 months.” You know the feeling. His umpty originated as military slang around 1905 and stood for an indefinite number, generally largish. It was probably created by analogy to actual numbers, such as 20. Soon there followed umpteen, blending umpty and teen. Umpteen usually describes an indefinite and large number or amount, while the related umpteenth, is used for the latest or last in an indefinitely numerous series. We only occasionally use umpty, u-m-p-t-y these days, and even more rarely umptieth. But you are bound to hear or read umpteen and umpteenth any number of times. With your Word of the Day, I’m Peter Sokolowski.
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