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[word-lover] 2016-11-24 How to Use a Word

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[Homework]2016-11-24 How to Use a Word

Today's word is 'riddle', spelled 'R-I-D-D-L-E'. 'Riddle' is a noun that means 'a mystifying, misleading, or puzzling question posed as a problem to be solved or guessed; a conundrum or enigma'. 'Riddle' also means something or someone difficult to understand. Here's the word used in a sentence from the Clarion-Ledger by Clara Martin: Stuart's books are for children who like mysteries and riddles and there are many scenes where readers hold their breath in suspense. It's not unusual for words to acquire and lose meanings over time and 'riddle' is no exception. Old English speakers who had a variety of spellings for 'riddle' used the word as we do today to describe a question posed as a problem to be solved or guessed. But they also used it in the now obsolete senses of council, consideration, debate, conjecture, interpretation, imagination, and example. Not surprisingly, the old English source of the word 'riddle' is a cousin to the old English word meaning 'to interpret, or to advice'. By the beginning of the fifteenth century, 'riddle' acquired the sense of 'a puzzling or perplexing thing' and in the seventeenth century it also came to refer to 'a puzzling or enigmatic person or being'. With your word of the day, I am Peter Sokolowski.


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