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[word-lover] 【整理】2016-04-17 How to Use a Word

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[Homework]2016-04-17 How to Use a Word

Today's word is fossick, spelled F-O-S-S-I-C-K.

Fossick is a verb that is used in Australia and New Zealand to mean to search about, especially for gold or gemstones. It can also mean to search about more broadly, or to rummage. Here is the word used in a sentence.

As teenagers, the twins spent many summer afternoons fossicking for opals in the old mine.

The first people to fossick in the oldest and still-current meaning of the word, back in the 1850s, were picking over abandoned mining excavations in Australia and New Zealand in search of gold or gemstones. But within a few decades fossick was being used more generally to mean to search about or to rummage. Fossick, as we know it, is a native of Down Under, but it may have its origins in a word known to immigrants from the United Kingdom: the dialect term fussock, meaning to bustle about or to fidget.

With your Word of the Day, I'm Peter Sokolowski.

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