Sadly, I haven’t posted anything new on Wrixlings for more than month. Lack of time and a bunch of personal commitments were responsible. But it was nice to be busy with other stuff and have a hiatus. Or should that be break? I can’t really see the point in the word hiatus myself — but to make the user sound clever.
Break is actually quite a useful word, coming up in all sorts of compounds.
Breakup (noun) or break up (verb) means “to disintegrate / disintegration” and comes from the literal sense of breaking up plough land.
Breakdown (noun) or break down (verb), of course, means “collapse”: a mental breakdown, a machine breaking down.
Breakeven (adjective, noun) is the point outgoings and incomings meet.
Breakaway (noun, adjective) can mean succession, separation, departing from the normal routine, or a person who does any of these.
Breakout (noun): an escape, manifestation or appearance especially of a disease, an itemisaton; (adjective) sudden increase, advance, or success, as in “Tom Cruise’s breakout film was Top Gun“
Break in (noun, verb): unlawfully getting into someone’s home, car, office, and so on.
Heartbreak (noun): great sorrow, grief, anguish.
Ground-breaking (adjective): originating or pioneering new work or ideas.
What a fruitful word!
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