Pronounced: bar-BAY-doz (alt-1: -dos; alt-2: -duhs), verb

Notes: I know the noun (the island), but I did not know the verb. Also, I tend to use the first alternate pronunciation – ending the word with an ‘s’ sound, not a ‘z’ sound.

Yesterday’s word

The word anfractuous means “something with winding twists and turns; sinuous; circuitous”

First usage

Our word came into English in the late 1500s

Background / Comments

The definition makes me think of the original Adventure text game with its “you are in a maze of twisting passages, all alike” notes. Our word comes from the French word anfracteuex, which came from the Late Latin word anfractuosus (roundabout), which came from the Latin word anfractus (bend, curve).

Published by Richard

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

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