Saturday, July 13, 2013

Console and condole

Unfamiliar word: I'd heard of the word console, of course, and I'd heard of consolation. But today I learned of an unfamiliar word: condole.

According to an online dictionary, condole is a verb that means "express sympathy for (someone); grieve with." Its synonyms are commiserate and sympathize.

It almost looks like someone took the word condolence and made a verb of it.

I guess you learn something new every day. And, no, I won't use condole in spoken or written speech. If I need it, I'll use sympathize.

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