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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Thursday 13th June 2019
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plangent (adjective) PLAN-jnt

Resonant, resounding mournfully, noisy, loud, clangorous, ringing, suggesting grief or sadness.

The plangent notes of the dawn gongs rousing the coolies from their barracks faded and died as Claude Duclos drained his third and last cup of cafe noire on the verandah of the plantation house.

Anthony Grey, Saigon. Amazon

His deep, warm western voice had risen into plangent eloquence, indignant and rapt.

Ellis Peters, City of Gold and Shadows. Amazon

Readers of the July 1935 issue of The Nursery World had to look closely - in between a gem of practical advice for treating constipation in children and a brace of replies to a call to arms from 'Twinkle-toes' regarding the perils of sunburn - to see a letter far more plangent and far harder to answer.

Alex Clark, The Observer, 4 March 2007. Observer

High school football makes a plangent subject for fiction — particularly television and film — but it requires art to cut against the sport’s intrinsic wordlessness, as well as the reticence of the players.

Virginia Heffernan, The New York Times, 30 January 2007. The New York Times

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