New Word #4: The Three Vales

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.

14 thoughts on “New Word #4: The Three Vales

  1. I have never use valetudinarian but I think hypochondria is where the person actually believes they have a disease or diseases and even exhibit symptoms of it because they believe they have it. It’s a mental illness.
    When I looked up valediction in Merriam-Webster dictionary they had a couple of modern examples of it in use but I haven’t used it or seen it used. The prefix “vale” means saying goodbye.

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    1. It sounds like valetudinarian is still within the normal spectrum while hypochondria is overboard on mental sanity. LOL. I’ve never seen valediction being used either. And vale means bye? LOL. That’s so cool. It makes sense that valediction should be farewell.

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        1. Yes, connotation is something of a shock to me in the beginning. For example, you can’t say a bad person is famous. You have to say this person is infamous or notorious. A word doesn’t only come with its meaning, but also its connotation hidden behind. LOL. Many other languages are more relaxed and flexible in this aspect.

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