November 07, 2017
perambulate (verb)
\puh-RAM-byuh-layt\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to walk over or through2 : to walk in a leisurely or idle manner : to move from place to place for no special reason
How do you use it?
On the first stop of their class trip to Quebec City, Madame Bernardin's students perambulated through the oldest part of the city, viewing its stone buildings and walkways.
Are you a word wiz?

Which one of these words do you think first came into English at about the same time as "perambulate?"

In the 1560s, people were attending matinee performances at theaters, clothing included ruffles around the neck, and sailors were navigating the globe. And in the 1560s, the word "perambulate" first appeared in English. It was the noun "Canadian" that was introduced into English at about the same time, however, along with the name of the tropical bird the "toucan," additions which reflected the northern and southern sections of the New World. Other newcomers at this time included "entertaining," "encouragement," and "slovenly," as well as "falling out," meaning "quarrel," and "wrap up," meaning "to bring to a conclusion."
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