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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
MEANING:noun: A slip of the tongue (or pen) that reveals the unconscious mind.
ETYMOLOGY:Parapraxis is a fancy word for the Freudian slip. It's derived from Greek para- (beside, beyond) + praxis (act).
USAGE:"Only one parapraxis suggested a little lingering Scottish resentment*. [Andrew Marr] pronounced Gough Square, where [Samuel] Johnson lived and wrote his dictionary, 'guff'. A good joke but not, I think, a deliberate one."
Andrew Billen; Ruling the Radio Waves; New Statesman (London, UK); Oct 1, 2007.
[*And not entirely without reason. In his famous dictionary, Johnson defined oats as:
"A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people."]
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:It's not the genius who is 100 years ahead of his time but average man who is 100 years behind it. -Robert Musil, novelist (1880-1942)
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