The obscure word of the week is thon

look_it_up_T httpwww.clipartpal.comclipart_pdeducationdictionary_10586.htmlThere are over a million individual words in English. This week’s is thon.

It’s an epicene word that never made it into common usage. It was coined by Charles Converse in 1858 as a conflation of ‘that one’, and intended as a gender-neutral pronoun – like ‘they’. Thon first appeared in a dictionary as early as 1903 and it was in the Merriam-Webster from 1934 to 1961. But it’s not really in use now.

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

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