Linguistics

What’s a holonym?

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A holonym is a word that names the whole of which a given word is a part. Shirt is a holonyn for sleeve; Hat is a holonym for brim. Car is a holonym for chassis.  Hummus is a holonym for itself. Why? Because the word “Hummus” is Arabic. It translates to chickpea, or garbanzo in […]

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For all intents and purposes: Stop. Think, then speak.

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I often hear people misquote this phrase and say “for all intensive purposes.” Ironically, they are often using the phrase to make themselves sound more educated and articulate, but misquoting a phrase does the exact opposite. The phrase “For all intents and purposes” means: for all practical purposes, or in every practical sense. If you […]