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

Friday, 10 February 2017

Word To Use Today: lemony.

What's lemony?

Well, lemons, obviously. Also lemonade, lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus), a scented-leaf geranium (Pelargonium limoneum) lemon curd, lemon balm (Melissa officinalis):

File:Lemon Balm Plant.jpg
photo by Marlene Bertrand

 lemon squash, lemon verbena (Aloysia citriodora):

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photo by H Zell

 the flowers of the lemonwood tree (Calicophyllum candidissimum):

File:Calycophyllum candidissimum, known as Degame. (9406928384).jpg
photo by Dick Culbert

...and irritable Australians.

No, really: lemony is Ozzie slang for irritable or angry. 

Brilliant, isn't it?

I wonder of Lemony Snicket knew?

Word To Use Today: lemony. This word comes from lemon, of course, which comes from the Arabic laym┼źn.

By the way, a snicket, in Northern England, is a narrow walled or fenced passageway.

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