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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 28, 2018 is: betwixt \bih-TWIKST\ adverb or preposition : between Examples: "O villainous! I have looked upon the world for four times / seven years, and since I could distinguish betwixt a benefit and /Â an injury, I never found man that knew how to love himself." â€” William Shakespeare, Othello, 1622 "Barry is a bit betwixtÂ and between as a viewing experience: too violent for people who don't like violence, not energetic or dramatic enough for people who do." â€” Willa Paskin, Slate Magazine, 23 Mar. 2018 Did you know? "Jack Sprat could eat no fat, his wife could eat no lean; and so betwixt the two of them, they licked the platter clean." Perhaps you've always said "and so between the two of them" when reciting the tale of Jack Sprat and his wife. That's fine. Betwixt and between have similar origins: they both come from a combination of be- and related Old English roots. Both words appeared before the 12th century, but use of betwixt dropped off considerably toward the end of the 1600s. It survived in the phrase "betwixt and between" ("neither one thing nor the other"), which took on a life of its own in the 18th century. Nowadays, betwixt is uncommon, but it isn't archaic; it's simply used more consciously than between.
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 18, 2019 is: parabolic \pair-uh-BAH-lik\ adjective 1 : expressed by or being a parable : allegorical 2 : of, having the form of, or relating to a curve formed by the intersection of a cone and a plane parallel to an element of the cone Examples: The batter launched the ball into a towering parabolic arc that carried it well over the center field fence. "In 1937, [radio astronomer Grote] Reber built the world's first parabolic radio telescope in his backyard. The Reber Telescope was moved to the National Radio Observatory at Green Bank in the 1960s and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989." â€” Princeton Times (West Virginia), 21 Dec. 2018 Did you know? The two distinct meanings of parabolic trace back to the development of Late Latin and New Latin. Late Latin is the Latin language used by writers in the third to sixth centuries. In that language, the word for "parable" was parabolaâ€”hence, the "parable" sense of parabolic. New Latin refers to the Latin used since the end of the medieval period, especially in regard to scientific description and classification. In New Latin, parabola names the same geometrical curve as it does in English. Both meanings of parabola were drawn from the Greek word for "comparison": parabolÄ“.
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 8, 2019 is: shard \SHAHRD\ noun 1 a : a piece or fragment of a brittle substance; broadly : a small piece or part : scrap b : shell, scale; especially : elytron 2 : a fragment of a pottery vessel found on sites and in refuse deposits where pottery-making peoples have lived 3 : highly angular curved glass fragments of tuffaceous sediment Examples: There were shards of glass on the floor where the burglars had broken into the building the night before. "Some 2,600 years ago, in the land of ancient Israel, a military official inked a request onto the reverse side of a pottery shard: 'If there is any wine, send [quantity].' Archaeologists found the shard in the 1960s, but the boozy inscription, which had faded to near invisibility, went unnoticed for decades." â€” Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, 22 June 2017 Did you know? Shard dates back to Old English (where it was spelled sceard), and it is related to the Old English word scieran, meaning "to cut." English speakers have adopted the modernized shard spelling for most uses, but archeologists prefer to spell the word sherd when referring to the ancient fragments of pottery they unearth. Other specialized uses of the word shard include a sense referring to the thick front wings in beetles that protect a hind pair of wings and another sense used for the highly angular curved glass fragments of a type of volcanic rock formation.