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A.Word.A.Day--latchet

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This week's theme: archaic words.

latchet (LATCH-it) noun

A shoe strap to fasten a shoe on the foot; a shoelace.

[From Middle English lachet, from Old French lachet, from lacet.]

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"Why do I tell you all this, dear? Because it is heavy on my heart. Because I walk the Valley of Humility. Because I am subduing myself to permanent consciousness of my unworthiness to unloose the latchet of Dr. Barritz's shoe." Ambrose Bierce; A Lady From Redhorse; 1891.

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Do not commit the error, common among the young, of assuming that if you cannot save the whole of mankind, you have failed. -Jan de Hartog, playwright and novelist (1914-2002)

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