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Today's word is bellwether, spelled as one word B-E-L-L-W-E-T-H-E-R.

Bellwether is a noun that means one that takes the lead or initiative, a leader. It can also mean an indicator of trends. Here is the word used in a sentence.

The company has long been viewed as a bellwether for the tech market, so analysts are watching it closely.

We usually think of sheep more as followers than leaders, but in a flock one sheep must lead the way. Long ago, it was common practice for shepherds to hang a bell around the neck of one sheep in their flock, thereby designating it the lead sheep. This animal was called the bellwether, a word formed by a combination of the Middle English words belle meaning "bell" and wether, a noun that refers to a male sheep that has been castrated. It eventually followed that bellwether would come to refer to someone who takes initiative or who actively establishes a trend that is taken up by others. This usage first appeared in English in the 13th century.

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[Homework]2015-06-10 How to Use a Word

Today's word is bellwether, spelled as one word B-E-L-L-W-E-T-H-E-R.

Bellwether is a noun that means one that takes the lead or initiative, a leader. It can also mean an indicator of trends. Here is the word used in a sentence.

The company has long been viewed as a bellwether for the tech market, so analysts are watching it closely.

We usually think of sheep more as followers than leaders, but in a flock one sheep must lead the way. Long ago, it was common practice for shepherds to hang a bell around the neck of one sheep in their flock, thereby designating it the lead sheep. This animal was called the bellwether, a word formed by a combination of the Middle English words belle meaning bell and wether, a noun that refers to a male sheep that has been castrated. It eventually followed that bellwether would come to refer to someone who takes initiative or who actively establishes a trend that is taken up by others. This usage first appeared in English in the 13th century.

I'm Peter Sokolowski with your Word of the Day.

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