Word of the Week Wednesday: bailiwick


This Wednesday’s Word of the Week is: bailiwick.

Literally, it refers to the jurisdiction of a bailiff.  Figuratively, it refers to a person’s special area of expertise or authority.

I enjoy this word for much the same reasons that I like haberdasher (one of my most quoted Words of the Week).  It sounds old timey and somewhat British to me.  I’ve come to realize that many words that feel old timey also feel British, and vice versa.

Bailiwick has the advantage over haberdasher in that it is much more useful for every day conversation.

How often do you find yourself referring to someone’s area of expertise versus referring to a hat shop?

 

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About Dan Kingsepp, ACS, ALS
I'm starting this blog to share my thought on the use of the English language and my experiences as a Toastmaster.

One Response to Word of the Week Wednesday: bailiwick

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