每日一词:hark back(转自 韦氏词典)

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for December 31, 2018 is:

hark back • \HAHRK-BAK\  • verb

1 : to turn back to an earlier topic or circumstance

2 : to go back to something as an origin or source

Examples:

“In Tea With The Dames, [Maggie Smith is] joined by fellow dames Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, and Eileen Atkins; the women hark back on their early roles on stage and screen, talk about their ex-husbands and marriages….” — Hunter Harris, The New York Magazine, 26 Sept. 2018

“To stay connected with senior executives, she made heavy use of WhatsApp’s group-chat function and called her group Table Talk, an effort to hark back to those early days at her kitchen table.” — Sarah Ellison, Vanity Fair, March 2018

Did you know?

Hark, a very old word meaning “to listen,” was used as a cry in hunting. The master of the hunt might cry “Hark! Forward!” or “Hark! Back!” The cries became set phrases, both as nouns and verbs. Thus, a “hark back” was a retracing of a route by dogs and hunters, and to “hark back” was to turn back along the path. From its use in hunting, the verb soon acquired its current figurative meanings. In time, the variants “hearken back” and “harken back” were called, and—like harkhearken and harken can mean “to listen.” Harken, itself, is now used alone to mean “hark back.”


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December 31, 2018 at 01:00PM

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