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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 9, 2019 is: prescind \prih-SIND\ verb 1 : to withdraw one's attention 2 : to detach for purposes of thought Examples: "But to frame an abstract idea of happiness,Â prescinded fromÂ all particular pleasure, or of goodness, from everything that is good, this is what few can pretend to." â€” George Berkeley, A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge, 1710 "Nooyi prescinded from the share price-obsessed practices associated with most conglomeratesâ€”and instead said she was focused on making PepsiCo the kind of company that would deliver a 'lasting impact' to society." â€” Edmund Heaphy, Quartz, 6 Aug. 2018 Did you know? Prescind derives from the Latin verb praescindere, which means "to cut off in front." Praescindere, in turn, was formed by combining prae- ("before") and scindere ("to cut" or "to split"). So it should come as no surprise that when prescind was first used during the 17th century, it referred to "cutting off" one's attention from a subject. An earlier (now archaic) sense was even clearer about the etymological origins of the word, with the meaning "to cut short, off, or away" or "to sever." Other descendants of scindere include rescind ("to take back or make void") and the rare scissile ("capable of being cut").
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 8, 2019 is: wiseacre \WYZE-ay-ker\ noun : one who pretends to knowledge or cleverness; especially : smart aleck Examples: "Regardless of how they choose to do so, most people who contact Congress have legitimate concernsâ€”but, as any staffer can tell you, there is a small but enduring subgroup of wiseacres and crackpots. Moore, the former congressional staffer, once took a call from a man who claimed, in all seriousness, to be the true and rightful owner of the moon." â€” Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, 6 Mar. 2017 "A French nobleman-soldier who is mad for love and poetry in roughly equal measure, a chivalric wiseacre adept at wordplay and swordplay alike, Cyrano requires an actor who is both physically and intellectually nimble." â€” Don Aucoin, The Boston Globe, 20 July 2018 Did you know? Given the spelling and definition of wiseacre, you might guess that the word derives from the sense of wise meaning "insolent" or "fresh"â€”the sense that also gives us wise guy, wisecrack, and wisenheimer. But, in fact, wiseacre came to English by a different route: it is derived from the Middle Dutch wijssegger, meaning "soothsayer." Wiseacre first appeared in English way back in the 16th century, while the "insolent" sense of wise and the words formed from it are products of the 19th century. The etymologies of wiseacre and wise are not completely distinct, however; the ancestors of wiseacre are loosely tied to the same Old English root that gave us wise.
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