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by Danna Martinez

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” -Malala Yousafzai.

The herald is the authorized spokesperson for the communities. This character is in charge of receiving messages and announcing the news. Back in the day, the herald was an official messenger who carried the orders of the monarchs to the people. In addition, the tasks of the heralds consisted of establishing communication between the kings and their people. As much as the title allowed, the heralds were in charge of making declarations, announcing events, giving the word, and sometimes imposing their own orders. 

The term herald comes from the French root ‘heraut.’ In its earliest connotation, heraut meant messenger and transmitter. Nowadays, the word is employed in two different ways. In the first place, “herald” stands for a sign or indication that something will happen. In this case, the term is referred to as a noun. Following are some examples of this use:

  • Strong wind may be the herald of a coming storm.
  • Usually, slow and clumsy movements are heralds of tiredness.
  • It must have been a herald to you that something would happen.

In a second place, the word herald serves as a verb. In this sense, “herald” describes the act of “giving notice of.” Here are some examples of its use:

  • He heralded the news about the rescue this morning.
  • She likes to herald good reports to the whole office.
  • It may not be the last time they herald their employees about their rights and duties.

Lastly, the word herald may be used to represent someone greeting with enthusiasm. This connotation is also considered a verb. Following are some examples:

  • He heralded his old friend.
  • She likes to herald every person she meets.

Grammatically speaking, this term consists of two syllables (her-ald), and its correct pronunciation is her-uld.

Palabra del Día: Heraldo

por Danna Martinez

“Cuando todo el mundo está en silencio, incluso una sola voz se vuelve poderosa.” -Malala Yousafzai.

El heraldo es el vocero autorizado de las comunidades. Este personaje es el encargado de recibir mensajes y anunciar las novedades. En la época, el heraldo era un mensajero oficial que llevaba las órdenes de los monarcas al pueblo. Además, las tareas de los heraldos consistían en establecer la comunicación entre los reyes y su pueblo. Hasta donde el título lo permitía, los heraldos estaban encargados de hacer declaraciones, anunciar eventos, dar la palabra y, en ocasiones, imponer sus propias órdenes.

El término heraldo proviene de la raíz francesa ‘heraut’. En su connotación más antigua, heraut significaba mensajero y transmisor. Hoy en día, la palabra se emplea como sustantivo. “Heraldo” representa una señal o indicación de que algo sucederá. Los siguientes son algunos ejemplos de este uso:

  • El viento fuerte puede ser el heraldo de una tormenta que se avecina.
  • Por lo general, los movimientos lentos y torpes son heraldo de cansancio.
  • Debe haber sido un heraldo para ti de que algo sucedería.

Gramaticalmente hablando, este término consta de tres sílabas (he-ral-do).