Pronounced: DIE-ad, noun

Notes: I confused this word with dryad, so I was completely wrong about this word

Yesterday’s word

The word verklempt means “overcome with emotion; choked up”

First usage

Our word came into English in the 1990s

Background / Comments

The ‘f’ and ‘v’ sounds are very similar; the ‘v’ sound is called “voiced” (one makes a sound with the vocal cords), so that’s probably why there are two different pronunciations — or maybe it’s because of the origin. The word comes from the Yiddish word farklempt (overcome with emotion), which came from the German word verklemmt (inhibited).

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