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Monday, August 20, 2007

Word of the Week #2

Here is the ETST Word of the Week. Some of our words are chosen because they sound intelligent even when we misuse them, or they were the Word of the Day on Dictionary.com. I picked this word because I just like saying it. "Quotidian. Quotidian. Quooootidian. Quotiddddian." OK, I'll stop now.

Quotidian \kwoh-TID-ee-uhn\, adjective: 1. Occurring or returning daily; as, a quotidian fever. 2. Of an everyday character; ordinary; commonplace.

Example Sentence: "Erasmus thought More's career as a lawyer was a waste of a fine mind, but it was precisely the human insights More derived from his life in the quotidian world that gave him a moral depth Erasmus lacked."
-- "More man than saint", Irish Times, April 4, 1998

Quotidian is from Latin quotidianus, from quotidie, "daily," from quotus, "how many, as many, so many" + dies, "day."

1 comments:

one of the sisters said...

wow ;-)