Name of punitive card given to children in some private schools caught speaking Maltese. The last one to get the card also received the punishment due to the others who had it before him. This system served to ensure that at school students spoke either English or Italian but not their native tongue.

Ref: J. Aquilina


A. Acephalous (not having a head, “an acephalous skeleton”). B. (typically of a hexameter beginning with a short syllable) lacking a syllable or syllables in the first foot.

Source: Italian

Plural: Aċefali


Affix (grammar); an addition to the base form or stem of a word in order to modify its meaning or create a new word.

Source: Italian

Plural: Affissi


Augmentative:  a morphological form of a word which expresses greater intensity, often in size but also in other attributes. It is the opposite of a diminutive.

Source: Italian

Plural: Akkrexxittivi


Poeżija, kitba poetika, stil sunett

English: Acrostic: – An acrostic is a poem or other form of writing in which the first letter, syllable or word of each line, paragraph or other recurring feature in the text spells out a word or a message.

There is a classic example of acrostic poem in English written by Edgar Allan Poe, entitled simply “An Acrostic”:

Elizabeth it is in vain you say
Love not”—thou sayest it in so sweet a way:
In vain those words from thee or L.E.L.
Zantippe’s talents had enforced so well:
Ah! if that language from thy heart arise,
Breath it less gently forth—and veil thine eyes.
Endymion, recollect, when Luna tried
To cure his love—was cured of all beside—
His follie—pride—and passion—for he died.




English: Alliteration; the commencement of two or more words of a word group with the same letter, as in apt alliteration’s artful aid.





Allomorph: a variant form of a morpheme, that is, when a unit of meaning varies in sound without changing the meaning. The term allomorph explains the comprehension of phonological variations for specific morphemes.

Ref: JA

Plural: Allomorfijiet

Source: English


Anaphora: the use of an expression whose interpretation depends upon another expression in context (its antecedent or postcedent). In a narrower sense, anaphora is the use of an expression that depends specifically upon an antecedent expression and thus is contrasted with cataphora, which is the use of an expression that depends upon a postcedent expression.