Monday, December 24, 2007

Word of the day

I have never heard of this word, I learn something new each day :)

The Word of the Day for December 24 is:
kith \KITH\ noun
: familiar friends, neighbors, or relatives

Example sentence: Andre makes it a point to have at least one barbecue a year at his house in order to stay in touch with his kith and kin.

See a map of "kith" in the Visual Thesaurus.

Did you know?

"Kith" has had many meanings over the years. In its earliest uses it referred to knowledge of something, but that meaning died out in the 1400s. Another sense, "one’s native land," had come and gone by the early 1500s. The sense "friends, fellow countrymen, or neighbors" developed before the 12th century and was sometimes used as a synonym of "kinsfolk." That last sense got "kith" into hot water after people began using the word in the alliterative phrase "kith and kin." Over the years, usage commentators have complained that "kith" means the same thing as "kin," so "kith and kin" is redundant. Clearly, they have overlooked some other historical definitions, but if you want to avoid redundancy charges, be sure to include friends as well as relatives among your "kith and kin."
*Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence

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