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A.Word.A.Day--sine qua non
This week's theme: Latin terms in English.
sine qua non (SY-nee kway NON) noun
An indispensable condition; prerequisite.
[Latin sine qua non (without which not).]
-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)
"Of course, the mastery of language is not the sine qua non of competence in literacy. But ease in communication in the language shows how one's cognitive abilities have developed." Kenendy Buhere; Proposal to Split TSC Ill-thought; The Kenya Times (Nairobi); Jan 19, 2007.
History is a vast early warning system. -Norman Cousins, editor and author (1915-1990)