Word of the Day

The word for today is…

ineffable (adj) – 1. Incapable of being expressed; indescribable or unutterable.
2. Not to be uttered; taboo.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : “Every tone was a testimony against slavery, and a prayer to God for deliverance from chains. The hearing of those wild notes always depressed my spirit, and filled me with ineffable sadness,” wrote Frederick Douglass in his autobiography. Reading Douglass’s words, it’s easy to see that ineffable means “indescribable” or “unspeakable.” And when we break down the word to its Latin roots, it’s easy to see how those meanings came about. Ineffable comes from ineff?bilis, which joins the prefix in-, meaning “not,” with the adjective eff?bilis, meaning “capable of being expressed.” Eff?bilis comes from eff?r? (“to speak out”), which in turn comes from ex- and f?r? (“to speak”).

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