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Jan 13, 2011
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maw
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gest
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with Anu Garg

gest or geste

PRONUNCIATION:
(jest)

MEANING:
noun: A tale, especially of someone's notable adventures or exploits.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old French geste (exploit), from Latin gesta (exploits), past participle of gerere (to carry on, perform). The word jest (joke) arose as a spelling variant of gest. Earliest documented use: Before 1300.

USAGE:
"It is one of the highlights of the gest of the hero Ardasir."
Kinga Ilona Markus-Takeshita; From Iranian Myth to Folk Narrative; Asian Folklore Studies; Jan 2001.

"We have beat him to his camp: run one before, And let the queen know of our gests."
William Shakespeare; Antony and Cleopatra; Act IV, Scene VIII.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
It is better to prevent crimes than to punish them. -Cesare Beccaria, philosopher and politician (1738-1794)

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