Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wednesday's learn and earn...


dreadnought \DRED-nawt\  ~  noun

DEFINITION: 1: a warm garment of thick cloth; also : the cloth
2: battleship
3: one that is among the largest or most powerful of its kind

EXAMPLES: "In 1941, the German battleship Bismarck sank the British dreadnought HMS Hood in the North Atlantic, killing all but three of the 1,418 men on board." -- From a "This Day in History" article by the Associated Press, May 24, 2011

"But a plain old Pontiac Bonneville, dating from the mid-'60s, is more impressive for its latent historical integrity…. In my neighborhood, this dreadnought from the V-8 era of pre-EPA profligacy has been haunting the curb for months." -- From an article by Brian Miller in the Seattle Weekly, March 23, 2011

DID YOU KNOW? "Fear nothing" -- that is essentially what "dread" plus "nought" means. The name might seem a strange one for a garment, but if you consider that dreadnoughts were worn onboard ships, you can appreciate the colorful name perhaps as much as the seafaring men must have appreciated the thick protection dreadnoughts offered from the elements. The clothes and the cloth, first called "fearnought" in the late 18th century, came long before the battleship. Not until 1906 did the British Navy launch HMS Dreadnought, the first battleship to have a main armament consisting entirely of big guns all of the same caliber. All ships of this type were then called "dreadnoughts." That particular type of battleship soon became obsolete, but their legacy lives on in the extended third sense of "dreadnought."
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  1. Great stuff! Hello - I'm your newest follower from the Welcome Wednesday Blog Hop. Please follow me back and feel free to drop by anytime.


  2. Another new word for me. Yea! I want to hear you use this in casual conversation when we are in Chicago. Put that in your Ipad as a note.

  3. Following from Welcome Wednesday Blog Hop!

  4. Stopping by for Relax and Surf Sunday! As an educator all about learning new words. I look forward to more posts!


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