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Sunday, 21 August 2011

Sunday Rest: Word Not To Use Today: oblong.

Oblong. 

What a really horribly wobbly word.

People use it to mean rectangle, but surely a fat sort of a word like - ugh! - oblong can't have pointy bits, or sharp edges.

There's some truth in that, too, because an oblong is any long shape: it doesn't have to be a rectangle.

So that means the word doesn't have a rigid meaning, and I can carry on avoiding the whole wet mess. Hurray!

Word Not To Use Today: oblong.  From the Latin oblongus. The ob bit is an intensive - that is, it means extra - and the longus bit means...

...ah, you're there ahead of me.

Always remember:

           **there are worse things than being square!**                



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