“Juxtaposition” is this week’s Weekly Word – Can you think of different way to use the word?

I must admit that I was very tempted by the word ‘neurocalyptic’ which I spotted on Russell Gayer’s Friday Fictioneers contribution this week (http://russellgayer.blogspot.co.uk/) but as he admitted to creating the word himself I thought it probably shouldn’t count. However, if you think it might be fun to create some new vocabulary then let me know what word you would like to submit and we can think of the meanings for them; the submitter gets to choose which meaning they like the most 🙂

This week’s word is JUXTAPOSITION, it is a noun and is pronounced ‘jukh-stuh-puh-zish-hun’

The word juxtaposition means to place next to or side-by-side, especially when it is for comparative purposes. It can be applied both physically and metaphorically, as in the case of ideas.

Examples of the word juxtaposition

  • The juxtaposition of these two simple facts shows that simple reliance upon beliefs will prove inadequate.
  • The juxtaposition of two random events is what gives rise to that which is often called synchronicity.

Origins of the word juxtaposition

It is first known between 1655 and 1665 and originates from the combination of the French word position and the Latin word  juxta (meaning side by side)

Words similar to juxtaposition

  • collocation, tessellation, position, place (as in ‘to put down’

What’s your alternative take on the word juxtaposition?

So here’s my go at an alternative meaning for the word juxtaposition; jugs were placed. Now, that’s mine, what’s your alternative?

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.

Now, If you would like to see previous Weekly Word’s you can find them all listed here: the-weekly-word


  1. I love this word for very dissimilar things. In the IT world where I live, the juxtaposition of two unrelated things often results in — coolness

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