Word of the Week Wednesday: quiddity


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

Quiddity is the quality that makes something what it is.  The essential nature of something.

It comes from the Latin quid meaning what.  Essentially, it describes the what-ness or it-ness of something.

The word itself sound cool to me, plus I like the essential, basic nature of it.  It’s something that, without which, something is no longer what it is.  Can’t get much more existential than that.

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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: quiddity

  1. smilingtoad says:

    It is a jolly good word, I must say. Wonderful entry!

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