The Closing Word: Screed

The Closing Word: ScreedThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (SKREED)

1. a long monotonous harangue
2. a long piece of writing
3. an accurately leveled strip of material placed on a wall or floor as guide for the even application of plaster or concrete

From “You can also call a screed a “harangue” or a “tirade.” Another totally separate meaning of the word is “a construction tool made of wood or plaster that acts as a guide for the thickness of new plaster.” Screed originally meant “strip of cloth,” like the kind you might write a long list on in the old days. Still, if you’re speaking or writing a screed, it’s like you’re reading a long tedious list.”

“Pause before you post your next political screed on Facebook. You never know how many potential clients you’re about to alienate.”


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