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WOTD  
Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Monday 19th April 2021
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burgeon (verb) BUR-jun



Grow, swell, develop rapidly, flourish.

The hedgerows had begun to burgeon with violets, primroses, wild garlic and early pink campion.

Patricia Holton, Mother Without a Mask. Amazon

We have teachers who are doing more and more with less and less - less support in speech therapists, school psychologists, and in the sense that they have more children in their classrooms as classroom sizes burgeon.

K Deveaux, Nova Scotia Hansard, 29 April 2002. Nova Scotia Hansard

I can also see the warts, wens and keratoses that burgeon on the elderly mug like mushrooms, and these I can't eliminate.

Germaine Greer, The Guardian, 18 November 2006. Guardian

Ever since the Web began to burgeon, barely under human control, people have been straining to relate it to something familiar -- an ecosystem, the weather, an unruly crowd at a rock concert.

George Johnson, The New York Times, 11 April 1999. New York Times

Myth surrounds Faulkner because he refused to confirm or deny stories, allowing rumour to burgeon where it would.

Clare Messud, The Observer, 20 September 1997. The Observer




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