Ominous

Hello, everyone!

I thought it would be fun to share a Word of the Day once in awhile. Did you catch that? I said, “once in awhile”…as in, “not everyday”. Hahaha!

With the storm on its way today, along with the ice and potential for power outtages, I’ve chosen as today’s word, “ominous”, which is pronounced “AH-min-us” or “AHM-in-us” or “om-i-nus”, which to me, all sound the same when you say them fast. ; ) The “ahm” sounds like you used to sound when you were a kid and caught someone doing something wrong. You’d say, “Ommm, I’m telling Mom!” Hahaha!

It is an adjective whose meaning is: threatening, or warning, a sign of danger to come as in “ominous clouds threatening a big storm“. Ominous used to be used for positive and negative things but now is only used for evil or negative things. It comes from the latin word, “omen”, which means a sign or warning of something in the future, either good or evil.

Here are other forms of the word and a few other helps:
Adverb : ominously
Noun: ominousness
Synonyms: foreboding or forebidding, warning, menacing
Antonym: promising

Best quote I found: The most ominous of fallacies – the belief that things can be kept static by inaction.
Freya Stark quotes (French adventurer and explorer 18931993)

Just a reminder:

Adjectives describe a noun such as, “ominous silence.”
Adverbs describe verbs such as, “he stood ominously over her.”
Nouns, of course, describe people, places and things such as, “His ominousness was as evident as his ugliness and size.”
Synonyms are similar words to be used in place of another.
Antonyms are opposite meaning words.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this Word of the Day and will try to find a way to use it some time today. That’s the best way to remember a word is to find ways to use it quickly and as often as possible after learning it. Go ahead…try it! ; )

In that spirit, I hope your day…or night… is NOT looming OMINOUSLY before you and that it turns out just as you’d hoped it would!

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