Weird Word Argosy

by on Dec.30, 2013, under Articles, Weird Words, Writing

Argosy

Noun

  • A merchant ship.
  • A merchant flotilla, fleet.
  • A collection of lore.

Example Usage:

“The argosy should arrive within a week, Sir,” the aid reported, offering a multi-page report across the table. “They’ve reported the loss of two ships but the Fair Weather is still in tact.”

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Commentary:

So this I think is actually a weird word. It’d be hard even without significant context to determine if the plurality of the word, at least when referring to its naval meaning. As a friend pointed out, even the statement “The argosy had us surrounded” could be ambiguous, assuming one invented an extendable rubber boat.

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