Word of the Week: Syzygy

I must confess to choosing this week’s word from a sense of mischief. I was recently reading a book with Polish characters in it (Anya Lipska’s Where the Devil Can’t Go), and I started to wonder whether there are any words in English which look as though they could be Polish. This is what I came up with:

syzygy

Unfortunately I don’t think it’s a very useful word nowadays unless you’re an astronomer, but I am tempted to try and use it in a non-technical sense every now and then. In sentences like, ‘This sweet syzygy of peanut butter and jam is perfectly satisfying to my palate”. Can any of you go one better and think of a really great sentence using syzygy?

Lynn is the founder and quality-maven-in-chief of Lexis Writing, a collective of expert writers creating high quality content and copy for businesses in the UK and beyond.

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