Why is infamous pronounced differently?
‘Infamous‘ sounds like it means “not famous“, though this word pretends to have the very different meaning. Language aficionados, like yourself, naturally think the word, famous, would more rightly have a prefix of mis- or dys- to indicate the wrong kind of fame.
What does infamous mean?
1 : having a reputation of the worst kind : notoriously evil an infamous traitor. 2 : causing or bringing infamy : disgraceful an infamous crime.
How is Eunoia pronounce?
Dr Francesco Perono Cacciafoco, research fellow at the Nanyang Technological University, from its school of humanities and social sciences, told The Straits Times on Thursday (Dec 31) that the correct pronunciation of “Eunoia” is “eh-yu-no-ya”, with the stress on the first syllable.
What is the shortest word?
Eunoia, at six letters long, is the shortest word in the English language that contains all five main vowels. Seven letter words with this property include adoulie, douleia, eucosia, eulogia, eunomia, eutopia, miaoued, moineau, sequoia, and suoidea. (The scientific name iouea is a genus of Cretaceous fossil sponges.)
Is Eunoia a real word?
Eunoia is the shortest English word containing all five main vowel graphemes. It comes from the Greek word εὔνοια, meaning “well mind” or “beautiful thinking.” It is also a rarely used medical term referring to a state of normal mental health.
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