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Sunday, 23 October 2011

Sunday Rest: Word Not To Use Today: pylon.

Pylon. This is a word which starts as a whine and ends with a flat-footed thump.

Apart from the sometimes rather beautiful towers which hold up power lines:

it can mean a huge gateway;

 a bit on an aircraft which stops the engines or fuel tanks falling off;

 or even a temporary artificial leg.

These are all useful things, I have to admit, but that still doesn't stop the word pylon beginning with a whine and ending with a flat-footed thump.

Word Not To Use Today: pylon. This word is from the Greek word pulōn, which means gateway.

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