Tuesday, 5 February 2013

WORD FOR THE DAY: OPSIGAMY

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Your word for today is: opsigamy, n.


opsigamyn.
[‘Marriage late in life.’]
Pronunciation: Brit. /ɒpˈsɪɡəmi/,  U.S. /ɑpˈsɪɡəmi/
Etymology: <  Hellenistic Greek ὀψιγαμία marriage late in life <  ὀψίγαμος late-married ( <  ancient Greek ὀψι-ὀψέ late (seeopsimathy n.) + γάμος marriage: see -gamy comb. form) + -ία -y suffix3.
 rare.
  Marriage late in life.
1824  J. Macculloch Highlands & W. Isles III. 287 Nor is there any danger of Donald's being flogged for opsigamy by the Highland nymphs as the Spartans were of old.
1996 New Straits Times (Malaysia) (Nexis) 1 July 6 He was so choosy in finding a wife that he ended up in opsigamy.

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