Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for February 18, 2019 is:
prestigious • \preh-STIH-juss\ • adjective
1 archaic : of, relating to, or marked by illusion, conjuring, or trickery
2 : having an illustrious name or reputation : esteemed in general opinion
Carla was overjoyed to receive an acceptance letter from the prestigious university.
“The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has announced 16 finalists for its closely watched SECA [Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art] Art Award for 2019. The awards are the region’s most prestigious recognition for emerging artists.” — Charles Desmarais, The San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Dec. 2018
Did you know?
You may be surprised to learn that prestigious had more to do with trickery than with respect when it was first used in the mid-16th century. The earliest (now archaic) meaning of the word was “of, relating to, or marked by illusion, conjuring, or trickery.” Prestigious comes to us from the Latin word praestigiosis, meaning “full of tricks” or “deceitful.” The words prestige and prestigious are related, of course, though not as directly as you might think; they share a Latin ancestor, but they entered English by different routes. Prestige, which was borrowed from French in the mid-17th century, initially meant “a conjurer’s trick,” but in the 19th century it developed an extended sense of “blinding or dazzling influence.” That change, in turn, influenced prestigious, which now means simply “illustrious or esteemed.”
February 18, 2019 at 01:00PM
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February 18, 2019 at 07:00AM
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for February 17, 2019 is:
disavow • \dis-uh-VOW\ • verb
1 : to deny responsibility for : repudiate
2 : to refuse to acknowledge or accept : disclaim
It seems the college’s president is now trying to disavow her previous statements.
“Last week in Beijing, [‘Crazy Rich Asians’] director Jon M. Chu essentially disavowed every word in the film’s title. ‘The film is a satire,’ Chu told the state-affiliated Global Times. ‘It’s not about “crazy rich” or “Asians” actually—it’s about the opposite of that. It’s about how all those things mean nothing and it comes down to our own relationships and finding love and our own families.'” — Rebecca Davis, Variety, 29 Nov. 2018
Did you know?
If you trace the etymology of disavow back through Middle English to Anglo-French, you’ll arrive eventually at the prefix des- and the verb avouer, meaning “to avow.” The prefix des-, in turn, derives from the Latin prefix dis-, meaning “apart.” That Latin prefix plays a significant role in many current English words, including disadvantage, disappoint, and disagree. Avouer is from Latin advocare, meaning “to summon,” and is also the source of our word advocate.
February 17, 2019 at 01:00PM
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for February 16, 2019 is:
gibbous • \JIB-us\ • adjective
1 a : marked by convexity or swelling
b of the moon or a planet : seen with more than half but not all of the apparent disk illuminated
2 : having a hump : humpbacked
The fresh layer of snow glistened under the light of the waxing gibbous moon.
“During the fourth lunar orbit, Anders was engaged in photographing the lunar surface when he noticed a slightly gibbous Earth rising above the surface as the spacecraft passed over from the moon’s far side to its near side.” — Alan Hale, The Alamogordo (New Mexico) Daily News, 23 Dec. 2018
Did you know?
The adjective gibbous has its origins in the Latin noun gibbus, meaning “hump,” and in the Late Latin adjective gibbosus, meaning “humpbacked,” which Middle English adopted in the 14th century as gibbous. Gibbous has been used to describe the rounded body parts of humans and animals (such as the back of a camel) or to describe the shape of certain flowers (such as snapdragons). The term is most often identified, however, with the study of astronomy. A gibbous moon is one that is more than a half-moon but less than full.
February 16, 2019 at 01:00PM