This week the Weekly Word is Synergistic. I have no idea why I chose this word as I was going to use something else until the moment I started typing out the title of the post and somehow it popped out. But, before we start the challenge I’d like to offer you a suggestion, think of a word – any word – now think about how it sounds, what each bit of it means in today’s language and sometimes you might find that the word no longer fits the meaning or you can come up with something funny in its place.
Let me give you an example; if we take the word ‘Extend’ when it is broken down into two halves – ‘ex’ and ‘tend’ – we get a completely different perception of the word. Today the word ‘Ex’ usually refers to something that ‘used to be’ (as in my ex-husband) and ‘tend’ would normally be used to mean ‘looking after’. So we could say that the literal meaning of the word extend in today’s use could be ‘previously looked after’. As we know though, the word Extend actually means to increase or lengthen which is completely different!
So, now that I’ve completely confused you I’d like to challenge you to find an unusual, imaginative or correct usage of the word SYNERGISTIC in a single sentence or a paragraph, but first a little more about what it means and how it is used (correctly) in English.
This week’s word is SYNERGISTIC, it is an adjective and is pronounced ‘sin-er-jis-tic’
Examples of the word SYNERGISTIC
- The synergistic effect of the group were underestimated
- Each element of our lives has a synergistic effect on the whole and produces the people we are today
- The engine of a car demonstrates the synergistic effect of the individual parts.
Origins of the word Synergistic
It’s first known use was in the 17th Century and it derives from the Greek sunergētikos, from syn- + -ergētikos, from ergon meaning work.
Synonyms of the word Synergistic
- Interactive, cooperative, collaborative, concerted, shared
My alternative take on the word Synergistic!
Sin-er-(gis)-tic – ‘it was a sin to have a tic that caused him to um and er ……’
Now, If you would like to see previous Weekly Word’s you can find them all listed here: the-weekly-word
Why the Weekly Word?
The idea of the Weekly Word comes from Toastmasters International which is a speaking club I belong to. Each meeting we have a Grammarian Role and the purpose of the role is to try new words that stretch our vocabulary as well as to monitor and report back on people’s use of language. If you’d like to find out more about Toastmasters groups in your area then you can visit their website at: http://www.toastmasters.org/