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Dec 31, 2015
This week’s theme
First words

This week’s words
paternoster
mittimus
gaudeamus
debenture
magnificat

Laboranti bona debentur
Laboranti bona debentur (Good things are owed to the one who works hard)
Motto of the Debenham family

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with Anu Garg

debenture

PRONUNCIATION:
(di-BEN-chuhr)

MEANING:
noun: A certificate acknowledging a debt.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin debentur (they are due/owing), the first word in early certificates of indebtedness. From Latin debere (to owe), ultimately from the Indo-European root ghabh- (to give or to receive), which is also the source of give, gift, able, habit, prohibit, due, duty, adhibit, and habile. Earliest documented use: 1455.

USAGE:
“‘My dear Violet,’ Allen said, leaning over to be heard, ‘you must recall that Foster’s idea of fun is curling up with a debenture agreement that includes an especially ingenious reordering of priorities in bankruptcy.’”
David O. Stewart; The Wilson Deception; Kensington Books; 2015.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success, etc. -Henri Matisse, artist (31 Dec 1869-1954)

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