I hold it true, whate’er befall;
I feel it, when I sorrow most; ‘Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all.
(By Alfred Lord Tennyson 1809–1892)
What do YOU think? Is it better to have loved and lost? Or is it better never to have loved at all?
Wordchecker to hold something true: to consider/believe something to be true whate’er*: whatever to befall* (verb): to happen whate’er befall*: whatever happens to sorrow* (verb): to feel deep distress; to be very unhappy/sad (“sorrow” is not normally used as a verb in English today) ’tis*: it is
*this language is typical of romantic poetry but is not normal in everyday English
What do you think about this statement: “We are all basically selfish“?
Is it true? At the end of the day, are we all only interested in ourselves? Or are some people genuinely selfless and altruistic?
Wordchecker selfish (adjective): having no consideration for other people; being interested in one’s own personal well-being, profit or pleasure selfless (adjective): having no concern for oneself; unselfish altruistic (adjective): having consideration for the well-being and lives of other people
An abbreviation is something like “Dr” or “Dr.” for “Doctor”, or “Ltd” or “Ltd.” for “Limited”.
An acronym is made from the First Letters of other words, for example “NASA” for “National Aeronautics and Space Administration”, or “laser” for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation”.
A reader writes: “Is the word ‘footer’, now used in documents and written on one of your pages, a correct English word? I think it was created by Microsoft, and I believe the word ‘footnote’ would be more appropriate.”
Let’s try to clear this up. I’m not sure whether the word “footer” was coined by Microsoft or not, but if it was it made it into my 1995 edition of Concise Oxford Dictionary. For the context that we are discussing, the two words can be defined as:
footnote (noun): a note at the bottom of a specific page usually about something on that page.
footer (noun): a piece of text or programming code repeated at the bottom of every page.
Footnote: the word “footer” can also be used in combinations such as “six-footer” (a man who is six feet tall) and “right-footer” (a specific kick in football etc).