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Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your vocabulary. This week's word:

HEBDOMADAL

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On Mondays I offer you a hebdomadal (pronounced heb-DOM-uh-dl) word to enlarge your vocabulary—or, if the word is familiar, to expand your understanding of it. It is a weekly feature of You Don't Say, and therefore hebdomadal.

This word for "weekly" derives from the Greek hebdomas, "seven days." It remains in use to describe organizations and associations that have weekly meetings, such as the Hebdomadal Council, the executive body of Oxford University.

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Example: From Christopher Morley's Where the Blue Begins (1929): "He was a little weary of this just, charitable, consoling hebdomadal God; this God who might be sufficiently honoured by a decorously memorized ritual."

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