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The ordinary-sized words are for everyone, but the big ones are especially for children.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Sunday Rest: Word Not To Use Today: environs.

Environs is just horrible: honking and ungainly; imperiously bullying; sarcastic and aggressive.

It means surroundings, that's all, especially the surroundings of a place where people live.

What cloth-eared idiot would want to weigh down such a lovely thing with such a bully of a word?

The good thing is that unless you're a cloth-eared idiot, you won't.

Will you?

Word Not To Use Today: environs. This word comes from the Old French environner, to surround. Virer means to veer or to turn.

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