Wednesday, 8th April 2015

by Joshua Gaskell

Tax, n.

Pronunciation: /taks/
Etymology: < Old French taxer < Latin taxare to censure, charge, compute.

1. Doms. A compulsory contribution to the support of government.
2. Non-doms. Contronymous to sense 1: A discretionary contribution to the support of government.

When I was young there was a tax-avoiding thing called a nondom, pronounced nond’m; now, the evidently same thing is a non-dom, with a fully rounded second syllable…

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