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Jun 27, 2022
This week’s theme
Words originating in the hand

This week’s words
mainpast
openhanded
light-fingered
thumbsucker
southpaw

hands
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Previous week’s theme
Autological words
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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

Each of this week’s words has a hand in its origin.

A hand in whose origin?

All of this week’s words are handmade.

As opposed to machine-made?

Well, we’ve picked these words because this week we are featuring words originating in the hand. Sometimes it’s obvious, sometimes not, but it is an all-hands meeting of words.

mainpast

PRONUNCIATION:
(MAYN-past)

MEANING:
noun:
1. A household.
2. A member of a household.
3. A servant.
4. A dependent.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old French mainpast (household), from Latin manupastus (household or its member), from manus (hand) + pastus, past participle of pascere (to feed). Earliest documented use: 1865.

USAGE:
“I told him it wasn’t up to me, that I was in the queen’s mainpast.”
Harold Covington; Rose of Honor; Dorrance; 1980.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The highest result of education is tolerance. -Helen Keller, author and lecturer (27 Jun 1880-1968)

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