Word of the Day : May 17, 2021
- : of an indefinite number greater than one : various
Did you know?
Divers is not a misspelling of diverse—it is a word in its own right. Both words come from Latin diversus, meaning “turning in opposite directions,” and both historically could be pronounced as either DYE-verz (like the plural of the noun diver) or dye-VERSS. Divers (now pronounced more frequently as DYE-verz) is typically used before a plural noun to indicate an unspecified quantity (“a certain secret drawer in the wardrobe, where were stored divers parchments” — Jane Eyre); it’s a rather formal word and not commonly encountered. Diverse (usually dye-VERSS) is frequently called upon to emphasize variety. It means either “dissimilar” or “unlike” (as in “a variety of activities to appeal to the children’s diverse interests”) or “having distinct or unlike elements or qualities” (“a diverse student body”).
“Carrick Venn was an original, a man of restless curious tastes, and his place, on a Sunday, was often full of visitors: a cheerful crowd of journalists, scribblers, painters, experimenters in divers forms of expression.” — Edith Wharton, “The Bolted Door,” 1909