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editpaperLead Connects to Plumber, Plummet and Plunge?

Did you know that the “b” in plumber comes from the chemical symbol for lead, “pb”? Lucky for us, plumbers no longer use lead in their work, but the association with the heavy metal, lead, continues. Another word, “plummet,” derived from the Latin word for lead (plumbum), means “to fall rapidly,” possibly because anything made of lead would, indeed, do so!

The word, “plunge,” describes the movement of an object in a straight, downward direction. We also “take the plunge” when we make a strong commitment to a new idea or direction in our life. Why not take the plunge and begin using this new vocabulary word in your writing?


(October 10, 2010)

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