04 May 2011

Word of The Week - Pip


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Our word this week was inspired whilst viewing the coverage of the Royal Wedding but fear not, I won't be boring you with more images or insights from this event.
Instead I share with you a word which I confess has been one of my favourites when used as a proper noun or name.
Like many of the words that I share with you, I enjoy the way that it sounds when said aloud.
So here it is and I'll be interested to know which meaning you relate to most.....

Pip

noun:
1. The small seed of a fruit, such as an apple or an orange.
2. Something or someone wonderful.

noun:
1. One of the dots or symbols on a die, playing card, or domino.
2. Any of the diamond-shaped segments on the surface of a pineapple.
3. An insignia on the shoulder indicating an officer's rank. 

noun:
 Any minor, nonspecific ailment in a person. 

noun
The smallest change in the exchange rate for a given currency pair. Most major currencies (except yen) are priced to the fourth decimal place, so a pip is 1/100 of one percent (.0001). 

verb tr.:
1. To defeat, especially by a narrow margin or at the last moment.
2. To hit with a gunshot.

verb intr.
To peep or chirp.

verb tr.
To break through the shell of an egg when hatching.
Who would have imagined that there would be so many meanings for such a little word?

For those of you who enjoy exploring the different ways in which a word can be used and have a much thumbed thesaurus, you may enjoy playing with a terrific online tool, the 'Visual Thesaurus'.
Simply pop in any word that you would like to see alternate meanings for and a terrific interactive graphic emerges before you eyes. 
You can then click on the dots to discover even more words - but be warned 'Alice' you never know what you might find if you travel down this logophile well!

Happy day dear friend - I hope you enjoy using this gift...

9 comments:

  1. It is also the name of my black and white kitty. I had no idea there were so many meanings!!
    xo
    Ashlyn

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  2. I like the 'to be pipped at the post' sort of use. Nice word dear Felicity. Well done

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  3. So cool. I've always loved the name for a Girl. To me it such a term of endearment and this little Girl must be special.

    Have a lovely day
    xo jill

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  4. Pip is the brand name of gorgeously colored home- and desk decorations from Dutch hand.
    Much love to you sweetest Fizz xxxx hugs and kisses to you sweet F xoxoxo

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  5. I always liked the express 'pipped at the post' as a sporty type growing up. Oh those Middletons, could they have been more fabulous at the wedding, wowzies, love Posie

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  6. Our dear friend's daughter is Pippa and she always makes me think of those wholesome children in David Bromley works.

    Pip is a terrific word. As a toddler, Max called fibs 'pips' and so they have always been at our place. I say to him to this day 'are you telling mumma pips?'

    x

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  7. I was so excited to find so many different ways to use this cute word! As I clicked over, I thought: Person's name, seed, 'pip at the post', and pineapple pips but there are so many more! Great stuff Felicity :)

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  8. and what about 'you give me the pip' meaning you annoy me :) le xox

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  9. Oh, Felicity, I love this post. Of course. And I completely agree with Le - that's one I've known since childhood but you don't hear it so much nowadays.

    Now, I'm off to play Alice...J x

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Felicity x