Wednesday Word Of The Week – Portent

Despite how it sounds, a portent isn’t anything to do with camping under two sticks and a bin liner…

portent is a sign or omen. Storm clouds may gather portentously on the horizon.

Something which is like, or serves as, a portent is portentous. Anyone coming to this blog for the first time might consider the opening line of this post a portentous warning, especially if they’re not fond of really terrible puns.

Another meaning of portentous is pompously solemn. Don’t think anyone can accuse me of that.


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