These three vales are:
- Valediction: the action of saying farewell.
- Valetudinarian: a person who is unduly anxious about their health.
- Valedictorian: a student, typically having the highest academic achievements of the class, who delivers the valedictory at a graduation ceremony.
Sometimes it is hard to distinguish between these three words, which look too much alike. Also one never has a chance to use them. Who will use valediction? Even farewell is a word too formal for daily use, let alone valediction.
Also I’ve never heard anybody using valetudinarian. I heard people use hypochondriac twice in conversation, which is a synonym I think to valetudinarian. I wonder what the difference is between the two words. Probably one is more anxious than the other. Or probably each is anxious in different ways. LOL.
Let me know if you’ve ever used or heard people using these three words.