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with Anu Garg

extrality

PRONUNCIATION:
(ek-STRAL-i-tee)

MEANING:
noun: Exemption from local laws: the privilege of living in a foreign country, but subject only to the home country’s jurisdiction.

ETYMOLOGY:
A contraction of extraterritoriality, from Latin extra- (outside) + territorium (land around a town), from terra (land). Earliest documented use: 1925.

USAGE:
“Numerous Americans ... went to great lengths to seek exemption from US jurisdiction, preferring to deal with the Chinese authorities; in the 1920s, American missionaries even asked the State Department to have extrality suspended -- without success.”
Lucian W. Pye; Recent Books on International Relations; Foreign Affairs (New York); Jan/Feb 2002.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The problem with being sure that God is on your side is that you can't change your mind, because God sure isn't going to change His. -Roger Ebert, film-critic (18 Jun 1942-2013)

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