Raillery - #469


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Jan 01 2019 14

Today’s word of the day is raillery, R-A-I-L-L-E-R-Y. Raillery is a noun that means good natured ridicule.


You may have noticed the word rail embedded in our word of the day. The two words do share a common ancestor in the Latin word ragere (rah GER ay). But when used to describe a conversation the two words differ a great deal in tone. Rail means to revile or scold in  harsh or abusive language. Raillery, on the other hand, in a softer more playful word. 


After two weeks off, I began to miss my co-workers. I don’t know how I made it through the day without my daily supply of banter and raillery. 


Once again, raillery is spelled R-A-I-L-L-E-R-Y.