Dec 7, 2009

WORD OF THE WEEK: Pied for the Holidays

Summary: Our first-ever one-syllable word of the week, pied, has a meaning you might not guess ...

This week's word is our first-ever one-syllable entry. It sounds pretty straightforward. But I'll bet it doesn't mean what you think it means.

Here's a sentence that might give you a hint: "The pied centerpiece was surrounded by many pastries and confections, all reflecting the holiday theme."

Okay, I'll admit it. I crafted that one just to throw you off the trail. Pied (pīd) was brought into the English language around the fourteenth century, and its primary definition is "having two or more colors." But it can also be the past tense version of pi (though you'd have to ask a mathematician to come up with an example sentence for THAT one).

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