The obscure word of the week is tabouret

look_it_up_T httpwww.clipartpal.comclipart_pdeducationdictionary_10586.htmlThere are over a million individual words in English. Most of them are quite obscure and deserve better attention than they get. This week’s is tabouret.

It’s the term for a low or small table, from seventeenth century French.

Your challenge? Write a sentence (or two) in the comments using this word.

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3 thoughts on “The obscure word of the week is tabouret

  1. While beautifully preserved, the tabouret was not what I wanted to put beside my chair.
    I totally enjoy the words you find. Today I read an article that used a word I haven’t heard in a long time–gobsmacked. I think I understand its meaning based on the sentence. I hoped you might like to use it and give us all its correct meaning. “I walked out, utterly gobsmacked, and it wasn’t until I caught up with my daughter and told her the whole ridiculous story that I realized the complete and utter irony of it.”

    1. The sheer range and obscurity of English words is mind-boggling. I have heard that we typically only use about 10,000 even in erudite context. And yet there are so many more out there (some invented by Shakespeare, which I find very cool indeed).

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