The obscure word of the week is abnegate

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There are over a million words in English, many of them obscure, which makes it quite easy to have some wonderful fun providing really obtuse meanings with other obscure words.

Take ‘abdicate’. This means to ‘abject’. Puzzled? You shouldn’t be: both mean ‘abnegate’.

See what I mean? A wonderful language. All of them – with some subtle variations – mean to ‘reject something of value’.

English. A language I certainly won’t abjure.

 

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