Good morning, and happy Monday. Since I’m only on my first cup of coffee (while I’ve been up for a couple of hours) I will keep this short: this week’s words are all duoliteral, meaning they only contain two letters. Have a great week!
noun: a mouth or an orifice [plural ora]
noun: a bone [plural ossa]
For 1: From Latin os (mouth). Earliest documented use: 1859.
For 2: From Latin os (bone). Earliest documented use: 1400.
Usage (from Wordsmith)
“Naturally, the students couldn’t resist testing the teachers’ knowledge. ‘You’d better slow down,’ they would tell some unsuspecting pedagogue, ‘or you might fall and break your os.’”
D.L. Stanley; I Hope This Doesn’t Effectuate Your Dudgeon; Atlanta Inquirer (Georgia); Nov 16, 1996.