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Friday, 2 July 2021

Word To Use Today: mulct.

 I mostly like this word because of the sound of it.



Is there another word in the English language which has the letter sequence lct in it? Probably, but I can't think of one.

Mulct sounds as if it should describe something soft and delicious. The rounded mulct of the ice cream shone enticingly in the sun. Or perhaps it should describe the sound of someone wading through melted chocolate.

But it doesn't.

In fact mulct is rather an odd word because it can mean to cheat or defraud someone (why do you defraud someone, and not merely fraud them? Must do some research) and it can also mean to fine them.

I suppose that in both cases you're taking money from someone against his or her or their will, but usually words have the goodie/baddie thing worked out quite rigidly.


It's a word which needs saying far more often.

And, as we all pay taxes, I'm rather surprised it isn't.

Word To Use Today: mulct. The Latin word multa means a fine.

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