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Friday, 12 January 2018

Word To Use Today: tenace.

I do find it rather wonderful that a tenace, a pair of non-consecutive high cards held by someone in a game such as bridge or whist:

File:Playing card heart 10.svg

File:Playing card heart A.svg

(images by en:User:Cburnett)

should have nothing whatsoever to do with the words ten or ace.

How anyone's going to find a way of easing the word tenace into the conversation today, though, I have absolutely no idea.

photo by Zephyris

Word To Use Today: tenace (you say it, well, ten, followed by the word ace). This word came into English in the 1600s from French, from the Spanish tenaza, forceps, and before that from the Latin tenāx, holding fast.

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