Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Because I've been behind in my blogging, it's actually the word of last week. Technicalities aside, this one comes to us from from wordsmith.org and is particularly relevant during the month of December when most LRW profs are working through a pile of student papers.
The word is "periphrastic" meaning: 1. Using a roundabout form of expression; wordy. 2. Formed by the use of two or more words instead of inflection
Examples include: "daughter of John" (compared with "John's daughter);
"It did happen" (compared with "It happened");
"more stupid" (compared with "stupider"); and
"Do you have" (compared with "Have you").
Hat tip to Professor Mary Beth Beazley.
I am the scholarship dude.