May 25, 2016 by Stephen Bentley
Ubiquitous is today’s word in #WordWednesdayFun. I’ll get straight into it. As usual Merriam-Webster first.
adjective ubiq·ui·tous \yü-ˈbi-kwə-təs\
Popularity: Top 1% of lookups
: seeming to be seen everywhere
: existing or being everywhere at the same time : constantly encountered : widespread <a ubiquitous fashion>
Examples of ubiquitous in a sentence
Hot dogs are the ideal road trip food—inexpensive, portable, ubiquitous. —Paul Lucas, Saveur, June/July 2008
Shawarma is the new street meat. Both a late night favourite and a quick lunch classic, the Middle Eastern dish is now ubiquitous on the streets of Toronto. —Chris Dart, Torontoist, 8 Feb. 2007
In major league locker rooms, ice packs are ubiquitous appendages for pitchers, who wrap their shoulder or elbow or both, the better to calm muscles, ligaments and tendons that have been stressed by the unnatural act of throwing a baseball. —Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated, 26 Mar. 2007
It was before the day of the ubiquitous automobile. Given one of those present adjuncts to farm life, John would have ended his career much earlier. As it was, they found him lying by the roadside at dawn one morning after the horses had trotted into the yard with the wreck of the buggy bumping the road behind them. —Edna Ferber, “Farmer in the Dell,” 1919, in One Basket, 1949.
The company’s advertisements are ubiquitous.
<by that time cell phones had become ubiquitous, and people had long ceased to be impressed by the sight of one>
Did You Know?
Ubiquitous comes to us from the noun ubiquity, meaning “presence everywhere or in many places simultaneously.” Ubiquity first appeared in print in the late 16th century, but ubiquitous didn’t make an appearance until 1830. (Another noun form, ubiquitousness, arrived around 1874.) Both words are ultimately derived from the Latin word for “everywhere,” which is ubique. Ubiquitous, which has often been used with a touch of exaggeration for things and people that seem to turn up everywhere, has become a more widespread and popular word than ubiquity. It may not quite be ubiquitous, but if you keep your eyes and ears open, you’re apt to encounter the word ubiquitous quite a bit.
I like this Facebook comment –
I was jotting down a few notes and wanted to make sure ubiquitous was the word I needed to express my meaning. It was. It is. Thank you for making Webater’s available online. The hardback edition my parents gave me on my 17th birthday is falling apart from love and wear. And maybe it’s just a wee bit out of date. wink emoticon
Like · Reply · Sep 17, 2015 1:20am
Maybe someone who knows Margaret will buy her a new Merriam-Webster dictionary using the link 🙂
Right, let’s see what the Urban Dictionary has to say (he says with bated breath).
1. adj, everywhere, omni-present, always occuring
a) Yo, I ran train on that ho down in LA last week; shit, that bitch is frickin’ ubiquitous!
b) I’m spreadin’ the word about this bay weed. We’re tryin’a make this shit ubiquitous!
#everywhere #omnipresent #run train #ho #la #bay #weed #dro #trees #granddaddy #pot #grapes #shit #scrilla #e-40 #18 dummy
by bayareaconductors-weruntrain April 17, 2009
Let’s have another quiz 🙂
[sociallocker id=3297]élan pronounced \ay-LAHN\, means “vigorous spirit or enthusiasm,” and comes from the French word that means “momentum” or “rush” or “burst” (as in “a burst of anger”)[/sociallocker]
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