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Good evening and welcome to Word of the Day! A journey through the English vocabulary and the words that piqued my interest, in WotD we'll be learning a new word for each working day of the week, bar holidays, unless there's a holiday special...


Today's word is:


|ˈvitrēəl; -ˌôl|

noun [archaic or poetic/literary]

  • Sulfuric acid.
  • Figurative cruel and bitter criticism : her mother's sudden gush of fury and vitriol.

ORIGIN: late Middle English (denoting the sulfate of various metals): from Old French, or from medieval Latin vitriolum, from Latin vitrum 'glass.'

I've heard this word day in and out whenever I read about football, being constantly used when a manager is under fire, but what actually got me interested is how similar is to the Spanish word for glass, 'vidrio'.


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