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Feb 15, 2017
This week’s theme
American eponyms

This week’s words
bork
John Hancock
Benedict Arnold
McCarthyism
gerrymander

Benedict Arnold plaque
One man’s traitor is another’s patriot
A plaque outside Benedict Arnold’s house in London

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Benedict Arnold

PRONUNCIATION:
(BEN-i-dikt AR-nuhld)

MEANING:
noun: A traitor.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Benedict Arnold (1741-1801), American general in the Revolutionary War, who in 1780 planned to surrender West Point to the British for £20,000. Earliest documented use: 1806.

USAGE:
“What a traitorous concoction. Sounds like Eggs Benedict Arnold.”
Brad Wheeler; Calories and Charisma; The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada); Feb 16, 2013.

See more usage examples of Benedict Arnold in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law. -Douglas Hofstadter, professor of cognitive science (b. 15 Feb 1945)

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