Pronounced: SEG-way (alternatively, SAY-gway), verb/noun

Notes: This is a word I know in pronunciation (you probably do, too), but I wasn’t aware of the correct spelling

Yesterday’s word

The word sprachgefühl means “an intuitive sense of what is linguistically appropriate”

First usage

This word came into English in the late 1800s

Background / Comments

As you can probably guess, this word comes from German: spache (language, speech) plus gefühl (feeling). It’s a great capability to have, but the word is relatively rare.

Rejected word

The word allusion (an indirect reference to something – as in literature) was rejected because I knew the meaning. I actually enjoying sprinkling my speech with allusions (some easier to figure out than others).

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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