June 15, 2016 by Stephen Bentley
Some words have a beautiful ring about the. Cadence, I think, is one of them. It was G’s last short story that inspired this week’s choice of word for #WordWednesdayFun.
I think I have a fairly good vocabulary but when I read G’s use of the word, I confess I was unsure as to its meaning. Now I know.
Merriam-Webster first –
Popularity: Top 20% of words
: a regular beat or rhythm
: the way a person’s voice changes by gently rising and falling while he or she is speaking
: an ending part of a piece of music
a : a rhythmic sequence or flow of sounds in language
b : the beat, time, or measure of rhythmical motion or activity
a : a falling inflection of the voice
b : a concluding and usually falling strain; specifically : a musical chord sequence moving to a harmonic close or point of rest and giving the sense of harmonic completion
: the modulated and rhythmic recurrence of a sound especially in nature
Examples in a sentence
the steady cadence of the drums
Oars moved back and forth in smooth cadence.
He speaks with a soft Southern cadence.
Did You Know?
Falling into the hands of English speakers in the 14th century, cadence derives via Middle English and Old Italian from the Latin verb cadere, meaning “to fall.” (“Cadere” can be found in the history of many common English words, including “decay,” “coincide,” and “accident”). We most often hear “cadence” used in contexts pertaining to voice or music – it might refer to the familiar way in which someone speaks, or the rhythms employed by a rap artist, or the rising and falling notes of a bird’s call. “Cadenza,” the Old Italian word that factors into the history of “cadence,” has its own place in English as well, usually referring to a brilliant musical flourish played before closing out an aria.
Origin and Etymology
Middle English, from Old Italian cadenza, from cadere to fall, from Latin — more at chance
First Known Use: 14th century
beat, rhythm, measure, meter
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Maggie Rack · Prep cook/ Backup Cook at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
I chose cadence to be my sons name.
Like · Reply · Apr 9, 2016 10:54pm
Here’s a little surprise. The Google search for cadence revealed that the word is in the news this week. I present the cadence of drill sergeants:
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