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What’s a letter here or there between friends?
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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
In high school I knew a student who was especially clever. When he faced a true/false question in a test, and he wasn’t sure of the answer, he would write the letter T and then add a faint line in the middle of the letter, as if it were an F.
So if you are a teacher looking at the test paper you may wonder if the student has written a T or an F and, perhaps, give him the benefit of the doubt. I don’t know if this trick did him any good, but if I were his teacher, I’d give him half a point for ingenuity.
Well, with this week’s words, if you are not sure of the definition, you don’t need to employ such a trick. Change a letter in the definition and it still works. Each of this week’s words has two definitions that differ by a single letter.
From Latin connasci (to be born with), from com- (with) nasci (to be born). Earliest documented use: 1641.
“In the wilderness, I find something more dear and connate than in streets and villages.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson; Nature; 1836.
“Zyuganov had a connate sense of how to convince subjects.”
Jason Matthews; Red Sparrow; Simon & Schuster; 2013.
See more usage examples of connate in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author and aviator (29 Jun 1900-1944)
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