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Jun 10, 2014
This week's theme
Words that aren't what they appear to be

This week's words
dispositive
holograph
plutarchy
reproof
votary

holograph: Abraham Lincoln letter
Lincoln's letter to Henry Clay Whitney: "There is some probability that my Scrap-book will be reprinted; and if it shall, I will save you a copy."
Who knew Lincoln was a scrapbooker!

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holograph

PRONUNCIATION:
(HOL-uh-graf)

MEANING:
noun: 1. A document handwritten by its author.
adjective: 2 Handwritten by the author.
noun: 3. A hologram: a three-dimensional image created using laser.

ETYMOLOGY:
For 1, 2: Via Latin, from Greek holographos, from holos (whole) + -graphos (written). Earliest documented use: 1623.
For 3: From holography, which was coined from hologram on the pattern of photography, from Greek holos (whole). Earliest documented use: 1968.

USAGE:
"Writing on a blackboard is like writing a letter, or a poem, by hand. For one class period, what you've written is your holograph."
Michael McFee; Ode to the Blackboard; The Chronicle of Higher Education (Washington, DC); May 19, 2014.

See more usage examples of holograph in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door. -Saul Bellow, writer, Nobel laureate (1915-2005)

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