Word of the Day 

ilk nounsortkind 

The hole beneath the stairs of the cabin‘s porch allows in squirrelswoodchucks, and other creatures of that ilk

“In many parts of the worldanyonewho will ever buy a smartphoneprobably has done so, and now we’re on to the steady business of buying a new one only when we breaklose, or need to replace our old phonesWhen analysts discuss growthpredictions for cell phones and theirilkthey signal nothing but caution.” — Lindsey TurrentineCNETFebruary 6, 2015

Did you know?
The Old English pronoun ilca is the predecessor of the modern noun ilk, but by way of a pronoun ilk that doesnot exist in most dialects of modernEnglishThat ilk is synonymous withsame, and persists in Scots whereit’s used in the phrase “of that ilk,” meaning “of the same placeterritorial designation, or name.” It is used chiefly in reference to the names of land-owning families and their eponymous estates, as in “the Guthries of that ilk,” which means“the Guthries of Guthrie.” Centuriesago a misunderstanding aroseconcerning the Scots phrase: it was interpreted as meaning “of that kindor sort,” a usage that found its way into modern EnglishIlk has beenestablished in English with its currentmeaning and part of speech sincethe late 18th century.


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