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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 26, 2019 is: supersede \soo-per-SEED\ verb 1 a : to cause to be set aside b : to force out of use as inferior 2 : to take the place or position of 3 : to displace in favor of another Examples: "What may someday supersede Einstein's hypothesis is any genius' good guess. In the meantime, not only the theory of relativity but also Newton's laws, with all their known limitations, serve us rather well in navigating through space and in constructing bridges and dams on earth." â€” Henry Petroski, To Engineer is Human, 1992 "This park also supersedes what must have been the world's cleverest playgroundâ€”a 10-foot-high fort made of telephone poles or logs up the hill at Rocky Ridge Park. (That simple, but popular play area was dismantled. Kids kept getting their heads stuck between the poles.)" â€” Jim McClure, The York (Pennsylvania) Daily Record, 5 May 2019 Did you know? Supersede ultimately derives from the Latin verb supersedÄ“re, meaning "to sit on top of" (sedÄ“re means "to sit"), "to be superior to," or "to refrain from," but it came to us through Scots Middle English, where it was renderperceden and used in the sense of "to defer." It will come as no surprise that modern English speakers can be confused about how to spell this wordâ€”it sometimes turns up as supercede. In fact, some of the earliest records of the word in English show it spelled with a c. The s spelling has been the dominant choice since the 16th century, and while both spellings can be etymologically justified, supersede is now regarded as the "correct" version.
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 5, 2019 is: mettlesome \MET-ul-sum\ adjective : full of vigor and stamina : spirited Examples: "'I like this place because everything they have can kill you,' Edith Pearlman says, perusing the menu of a Brookline pub on a recent gray afternoon. The remark proves fitting introduction to both the septuagenarian author and her work: at once mischievous and mettlesome, with a twist near the end." â€” Leah Hager Cohen, The Boston Globe, 10 Apr. 2012 "He was convinced that [the director] John Huston decided after the first week that the film was a dud and if he could kill or seriously injure his star it would be cancelled and the insurance would pay up. He had Hurt riding over rough terrain on mettlesome horses." â€” John Boorman, The Guardian, 17 Dec. 2017 Did you know? The 17th-century adjective mettlesome (popularly used of spirited horses) sometimes appeared as the variant metalsome. That's not surprising. In the 16th century and for some time after, mettle was a variant spelling of metalâ€”that is, the word for substances such as gold, copper, and iron. (Metal itself dates from the 14th century and descends from a Greek term meaning "mine" or "metal.") The 16th century was also when metalâ€”or mettleâ€”acquired the figurative sense of "spirit," "courage," or "stamina." However, by the early 18th century, dictionaries were noting the distinction between metal, used for the substance, and mettle, used for "spirit," so that nowadays the words mettle and mettlesome are rarely associated with metal.