WOTW: universal

| - Tim Lake |

triplo word of the week - universal

“Universal” is an adjective. It has many uses in logic, philosophy, and linguistics. We are interested in the basic everyday meaning. Let’s find out what that is.

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The most useful meaning of the adjective “universal” is something connected to or done by all people or things in the world, or in a particular group; it applies to all cases.

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+ After World War II the right to vote became universal.

+ Laughter is a universal and major feature of human communication.

+ There is no universal rule about what kind of advert or message works.

+ Some rights are established by law, others are claimed to be universal.

+ The government is considering a universal increase in child benefits.

+ The rules of logic and mathematics are considered to be universal.

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Remember you can also use the adverb – universally - too.

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The pronunciation is /ˌjuːnɪˈvəːsl/.

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This word is in the New General Service List, a list of the 3,000 most common words in English communication. You can get the full list on our website by clicking here.

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この単語は、英語で最もよく使われる3,000の単語のリストであるNew General Service Listからのものです。完全なリストはこちらから。

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