Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for July 22, 2020 is:
requisite • \REK-wuh-zut\ • adjective
“Once the application process was formalized, the Institute received nearly two hundred applications from women all across the country; other women interested in applying had been turned away because they didn’t have the requisite qualifications.” — Maggie Doherty, The Equivalents, 2020
“More chile sauce, if you want a vinegary zing, is on the tables, along with the requisite paper towels. As for that stellar taco, it’s made with the same flavorful carnitas with … a drizzle of avocado crema that sets off taste-tingling fireworks.” — The Texas Monthly, 26 Feb. 2020
Did you know?
Acquiring an understanding of where requisite comes from won’t require a formal inquiry. Without question, the quest begins with Latin quaerere, which means “to ask” or “to seek.” That word is ancestor to a number of English words, including acquire, require, inquiry, question, quest, and, of course, requisite. From quaerere came requirere, meaning “to ask again.” Repeated requests can express a need, and the past participle of Latin requirere, which is requisitus, came to mean “needed” or “necessary.” English acquired requisite when it was adopted into Middle English back in the 1400s.
July 22, 2020 at 01:00PM