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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
erudite (ER-yoo-dyt) adjective
[From Middle English erudit, from Latin eruditus, from erudire (to instruct), from e- (ex-) + rudis (rude, untrained).]
A branch laden with fruit is closer to earth than one without. The same is true for people: the more the learning, the more humble one usually is. And it shows in the etymology of today's word. If you're erudite, literally, you've had rudeness taken out of you. Other words that share the same Latin root are rude and rudiment.
"Over the decades he (Roy Porter) spent at the Wellcome Institute, part of
University College, London, he became legendary for his industriousness
and for the generous, erudite and inspiring leadership that he provided
to students, postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars.
"Ironically, the best way of preserving the forbidding flavor in Chinese
might be to leave many words in English, since liberally sprinkling one's
text with English is considered erudite in Chinese (it is a kind of
Chinese counterpart to the way in which Art-Language borrows foreign
terms like Gedankenexperiment and prima facie)."
A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness. -Elsa Schiaparelli, fashion designer (1890-1973)