February 15, 2017
lunge (noun)
\LUNJ\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : a sudden stretching thrust or pass (as with a sword)2 : a sudden forward rush or reach
How do you use it?
"Slowly, almost lazily, the shark opened his mouth (which was big enough to have swallowed a perambulator) and made a lunge at the peach." (Roald Dahl, _James and the Giant Peach_)
Are you a word wiz?

From which of the following languages do you think English took the word "lunge"?

Did today's quiz have you reaching for an answer? We hope you didn't pass up choice A. The noun "lunge" entered English in the mid-1700s from the French word "allonge," meaning "extension, reach." (The French word traces back to the ultimate source of "lunge," Latin "longus," which means "long.") Soon after English speakers started using "lunge" as a noun, the word came to be used as verb meaning "to move with or as if with a lunge" or "to make a lunge (as with a sword)," as in "Tim lunged at the stray cat, but it only hissed and ran off."
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