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The obscure word of the week is zugwang

August 25, 2016

Matthew Wright

look_it_up_T httpwww.clipartpal.comclipart_pdeducationdictionary_10586.htmlThis week’s weird word is zugwang. It’s one of about a million in English, and one that the language has obtained by knocking down another language and riffling its pockets for loose change.

It refers to a situation in chess where a move that must be made puts the player at a disadvantage. It’s thought to be of early twentieth century origin, from German.

Your challenge? Write a sentence (or two) in the comments using this word.

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2016

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