December 25, 2018
tinsel (noun)
\TIN-sul\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : a thread, strip, or sheet of metal, paper, or plastic used to produce a glittering effect2 : something that seems attractive but is of little worth
How do you use it?
This year, Melanie's parents are decorating their Christmas tree with garlands made of cranberries and popcorn instead of the tinsel they have used in the past.
Are you a word wiz?

The earliest known use of the word "tinsel" appeared in 1538. Which one of these words do you think came in with it?

The first university in the New World, located in what is now the Dominican Republic, was founded by the Spanish in 1538. It's appropriate, then, that "qualification," which can mean a special knowledge that fits a person for a particular position, arrived at about the same time. "Gloss," meaning "brightness from a smooth surface," reflects the mood of "tinsel," and a festive spirit is echoed in "puppet." "Starfish" and "jug" also made their debut around that time.
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