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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
When you are accustomed to seeing people in a particular way -- perhaps dressed in a pinstriped suit, with heavy makeup on, or in a soccer uniform -- and then meet them in their everyday clothes, they appear unfamiliar. You have become so used to looking at them in a particular way that when you see them in their natural state, they may be unrecognizable.
This week's words are like that. We see them so often in their plural form that their singular form appears odd, perhaps misspelled. Who does something under auspice of something? Who writes a graffito?
This week we'll see five words that are more prevalent in their plural form.
1. Patronage, support, or sponsorship.
2. A favorable sign.
Plural of auspice, from Latin auspicium (divination from flight of birds), from auspex (bird watcher), from avis (bird) + specere (to look at). Ultimately from the Indo-European root awi- (bird), which is also the source of avian, ostrich, osprey, oval, ovum, ovary, egg, and caviar. Earliest documented use: 1611.
"In March, Serbian and Kosovo officials met under EU auspices for their first high-level face-to-face talks."
Kosovo Parliament Rejects Move to Cancel Talks; Agence France Presse (Paris); May 5, 2011.
Explore "auspices" in the Visual Thesaurus.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once. -Cyril Connolly, critic and editor (1903-1974)
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