Thursday, March 19, 2015

Word of the Week: Weal

Today's word of the week is sort of a twofer. 'Weal' has two senses, each of which has its own distinct definition. 

Word: weal

How you say it: [weel]

What it is: noun

How to pluralize it: weals

What it means: Sense 1: 1.) a raised mark on the surface of the body produced by a blow. Also called wale, welt, wheal. Sense 2: 1.) Archaic. prosperity or wellbeing (now esp in the phrases the public weal, the common weal) 2.) Obsolete. the state 3.) Obsolete. wealth (Definitions courtesy of The British Dictionary via

[Side note: Archaic means that a word is not used commonly in modern language (thee is an archaic form of you), and most examples of it will be in older writings. Obsolete means a word is no longer used in that way.]

Use it three times and it's yours! Using a word three times can help it stick in your memory.

When he got home from school, he tried to hide the weals that the bully had given him.

The lord told his serfs that the unusual weather was sign that there would be weal in abundance.

The whips left ugly weals on Jesus' back.

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