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Feb 18, 2016
This week’s theme
Words formed in error

This week’s words
megrim
posthumous
lutestring
messuage
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with Anu Garg

messuage

PRONUNCIATION:
(MES-wij)

MEANING:
noun: A residential building with outbuildings and the attached land.

ETYMOLOGY:
From the misreading of the letter n as u in Old French mesnage (household), from Latin manere (to remain, dwell). Ultimately from the Indo-European root men- (to remain), which also gave us manor, mansion, ménage, immanent, permanent, menagerie, menial, and remain. Earliest documented use: 1490.

USAGE:
“Can you tell me where I can find a messuage by the name of Neolithic Villa?”
JRL Anderson; Redundancy Pay; Littlehampton Book Services; 1976.

See more usage examples of messuage in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
What a strange machine man is! You fill him with bread, wine, fish, and radishes, and out come sighs, laughter, and dreams. -Nikos Kazantzakis, poet and novelist (18 Feb 1883-1957)

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