"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Tuesday, 7 April 2009


Moiety (pronounced MOY-i-tee) means one of two (approximately) equal parts though it is also loosely used to mean any share or portion. The term seems to crop up most when referring to a portion of someone's treasure or the objects in their will.

In anthropology it means one of two units into which a tribe or community is divided on the basis of unilineal descent.


  1. I would love to have you use these words in a sentence. Sometimes I can, sometimes I'm just dumb! Hehehehe.

  2. OK, Shabby Girl. The next few words are pre-programmed but after that I'll try.
    Today's might be "He bought a house with his moiety of the estate while she spent hers on jewellery."

  3. Ha! I get that! Or how about, "His moiety was worth NOTHING, after she got through with him!"