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The ukulele is a musical instrument that comes from Hawaii. But what does its name mean?

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Word of the day lachrymose

by Christine Lovatt

"...the airport was awash with lachrymose mothers bidding farewell to their adventurous jetset offspring..."

Lachrymose means tearful, or sad. It comes from the Latin lacrima meaning 'tear' . A lachrymal vase, I discovered in the course of researching this word, is a phial holding the tears of mourners at a funeral. What a good idea - it would save on tissues.

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There are only three words in the English language with the letter combination 'uu', MUUMUU, VACUUM and CONTINUUM

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