Part of speech:
(Like “milk,” “rice,” and “education,” uncountable nouns are words for stuff that can’t be broken into exact units. You talk about “some milk,” “the rice,” and “a lot of education,” but you don’t say “a milk,” “three rices,” or “many educations.”
Likewise, talk about “the ubiquity,” “such ubiquity,” “no ubiquity,” and so on, but don’t say “ubiquities.”)
Something that has ubiquity is found everywhere all at once. When you talk about something's ubiquity, you're talking about how that thing seems to exist all over the place and get noticed by lots of people over and over.
How to use it:
Talk about the ubiquity of something or someone, as in "the ubiquity of blue jeans" and "the ubiquity of Batman" or something's or someone's ubiquity, like "blue jeans' ubiquity" and "Batman's ubiquity." You can talk about how someone or something is gaining ubiquity, maintaining ubiquity, losing ubiquity, and so on.
Anyone who complains about the ubiquity of cell phones should still admit how useful and entertaining they are.
Selfies accelerated to ubiquity so fast that by the time I realized what they were, they weren't cool anymore.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You'll know you understand what "ubiquity" means when you can explain it without saying "commonness" or "existence everywhere."
Think of something that happens a lot at your school or workplace, something that really shouldn't happen so often, and fill in the blanks: “The ubiquity of _____ has caused _____.”
Example: “The ubiquity of tardiness in our class has caused the teacher to make being on time part of our grade.”
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Playing With Words:
This month's game is "guess the common word based on the given literal root meanings." Try it out each day and see the right answer the next day. It can be fun and illuminating to see the literal meanings of words when they came into the language! More than one right answer might be possible in some cases, just so you know. Also, it's okay if you can't come up with most or even any of the answers on your own; just check out the solutions and you'll learn the roots as you go along this month.
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A Point Well Made:
Miles Davis: “Man, sometimes it takes you a long time to sound like yourself.”
1. The opposite of UBIQUITY is
2. Subway restaurants have now gained the ubiquity of the golden arches, but in the past, a Subway sandwich was _____.
A. very fattening.
B. pretty expensive.
C. harder to find.
Answers are below.
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