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A.Word.A.Day--disgregate

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This week's theme: words that aren't what they appear to be.

disgregate (DIS-gri-gayt) verb tr., intr.

To separate or to scatter.

[From Latin disgregare, from dis- (apart) + gregare (to collect), from greg-, stem of grex (flock). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ger- (to gather) which is also the source of such words as aggregate, congregation, egregious, and segregate.]

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"Bion's perception of the disgregating effects of boredom and complete lack of discipline, all formed part of the real personal emotional experience on which his theories lie."
Wilfred R. Bion; War Memoirs, 1917-19; 1997.

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The study of error is not only in the highest degree prophylactic, but it serves as a stimulating introduction to the study of truth. -Walter Lippmann, journalist (1889-1974)

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