March 17, 2013
- galore (adjective)
- What does it mean?
- : in large numbers or amounts -- used after the word it modifies
- How do you use it?
- The St. Patrick's Day parade featured floats, dignitaries, and marching bands galore.
- Are you a word wiz?
From which of the following languages do you think English borrowed the word "galore"?You have the luck of the Irish if you chose D! The Irish words "go leor," meaning "enough," became the English word "galore." "Galore" is an unusual adjective because it is placed after the word it describes, for example, "We found shamrocks galore." "Shamrock" is also of Irish origin; it derives from "seamrog," a form of an Irish word meaning "clover." St. Patrick's Day isn't complete without a mention of green. The word "kelly green" came about because of the association of green with Ireland combined with the common Irish name Kelly, which gave us a word to refer to a strong yellowish green.