Word for Wednesday: Ubiquitous

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This week’s word for Wednesday comes from the mid 19th century and, like many words in the English language has evolved from the merging of two Latin words.


Let’s take a look at the Latin words that make up this compound: The Latin ‘ubi’ means ‘where’ and ‘ubique’ translates to ‘everywhere’.

Combining these two stems seems to pose a question before answering it: ‘Where?’ ‘Everywhere’. Ubiquitous has several synonyms that you might be more familiar with such as omnipresent or universal.

In the last 50 years or so, a usage of this word has risen significantly, so it is certainly worth understanding its meaning and origins and adding to your own vocabulary. Having multiple ways of expressing a similar definition is a useful skill to have in writing, speaking or reading – allow yourself to have a handful of words to select from in any given context!

I hope this helps. Remember to look out for the word ubiquitous because it is definitely becoming, well, more ubiquitous.

Hugh MacDermott

29 Jan 2014
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