There have been a number of words so far that I have thought I knew, until I read the definition and discover that there are shades of meaning or more precise meanings of which I have been completely unaware. This is another.accolade1. a. Properly, an embrace or clasping about the neck; technical name of the … Continue reading Shades of meaning.
I did not suspect the first couple meanings at all, and, having read them, would not have suspected that the word was related to "cloy".accloy, v.Obs. or arch.The development of meaning is fully seen under CLOY.1. To drive a nail into a horse's foot when shoeing; hence, to lame. lit. and fig.2. To pierce, stab. … Continue reading An interesting connection