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Nov 22, 2018
This week’s theme
Words from music

This week’s words
fiddlestick
upbeat
orchestrate
concert pitch
trombenik

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concert pitch

PRONUNCIATION:
(KAHN-suhrt pich)

MEANING:
noun:
1. A tuning standard for musical instruments in which the note A above middle C is assigned a frequency of 440 cycles per second (audio).
2. A state of being tensely alert or ready.

ETYMOLOGY:
From concert, from French concerter, from Italian concertare (harmonize) + pitch, probably from Old English pic. Earliest documented use: 1735.

USAGE:
“England did not bowl their best, apart from Stuart Broad, who was roused to concert pitch.”
Scyld Berry; Hope Springs Eternal for West Indies; The Daily Telegraph (London, UK); Aug 30, 2017.

See more usage examples of concert pitch in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first. -Charles de Gaulle, French president (22 Nov 1890-1970)

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