October 22, 2014
rhythm (noun)
\RITH-um\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : a flow of rising and falling sounds in language that is produced in verse by a regular repeating of stressed and unstressed syllables2 : a flow of sound in music having regular accented beats3 : a particular or typical pattern of rhythm4 : a movement or action in which some action repeats regularly
How do you use it?
Owen found that ballroom dancing was not all that difficult once he learned to move his feet to the rhythm of the music.
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Which language do you think gave us the word "rhythm"?

"Rhythm" comes from the Greek word "rhythmos," which probably came from Greek "rhein," meaning "to flow." Other words from "rhein" aren't as pleasant as "rhythm." "Rhein" also gave us the name for "rheum," a watery discharge which flows from the mucous membranes especially of the eyes or nose, as well as "catarrh," which describes the inflammation of the human nose and air passages. "Catarrh" comes from "kattarhein," the Greek word meaning "to flow down." Two other "rhein" descendants are "hemorrhoid" and "diarrhea."
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